We are a community-building organization of dedicated residents and allies working together to develop leaders and create opportunities and programs that build a vital Garfield Park community. 

 


The Garfield Park Neighborhood Market is Open! 

We are excited to announce that the Garfield Park Neighborhood Market will re-open in 2020. Currently, we plan to hold markets on the second Saturday of each month, July - October. Please read our COVID-19 guidelines for visitors and vendors to learn more about the market's health and safety requirements. 

Each market date will host a maximum of ten vendors, including fresh produce and value-added products through the Garfield Park Garden Network. We have also compiled a comprehensive list of vendors from the past two years, many of whom are selling products for pickup or delivery:

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BLACK LIVES MATTER

Elevating local leaders is built into our mission. In Garfield Park, this means lifting up the work of legacy residents, the vast majority of whom are Black. At times it seems like our commitment to racial equity is self-evident. But in the past week, we have realized how important it is to affirm, loudly and clearly:

BLACK LIVES MATTER

We mourn the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many more who have been unjustly and violently killed as a result of systemic racism. We also grieve for the many others who we have lost as a result of racial disparities in our city, including and especially the victims of retaliatory gun violence and those who have met untimely deaths related to COVID-19. 

We condemn, in no uncertain terms, the use of excessive force in policing. It is the duty of all officers to serve and protect Black residents and Black communities.

We will continue to offer programs and spark conversations that specifically address racial equity and justice. We invite you, our neighbors and allies, to join us.

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COVID-19 Response and Resources

Many of us are looking for guidance and support as we seek to prevent the spread of coronavirus and help those who have been impacted by COVID-19. We encourage everyone to follow the guidelines of the CDC and the City of Chicago Department of Public Health.  GPCC staff will continue to continue most work remotely; please contact us via email if possible.

We are striving to support our community as we limit our physical proximity and shift our in-person events to a new format. Additionally, we are facilitating Garfield Park Mutual Aid, a hyper-local support network for neighbors to safely share resources. Our elected officials, nonprofit partners, and neighbors and friends are also working hard to support our community.  We have highlighted all of these supportive programs on our COVID-19 Resources page.

COVID-19 Resources »

Residents participate in a community meeting in October of 2019 as part of the Preserving Affordability Together process.

Metropolitan Planning Council

 

Preserving Affordability Together

The release of Preserving Affordability Together: A Blueprint for Community Action is the culmination of a community-driven planning process conducted in East Garfield Park from May 2019 through March 2020. GPCC contributed to a community-driven planning process conducted in East Garfield Park, led by Metropolitan Planning Council with input from the Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University, and informed by many community residents and stakeholders. To learn more about the process and gain acess to additional resources visit metroplanning.org/garfieldpark. We have also published the booklet on the housing resources page of our website.

Read the Blueprint for Community Action »

More Housing Resources

GPCC promotes healthy and affordable housing in Garfield Park, works to prevent foreclosures and demolitions, and supports homebuyers in the area. Visit our Housing Page to learn more about our housing programs.

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Join Our Summer Team:

Although this summer will likely look a bit different than previous years, we are committed to supporting summer employment opportunities for youth in Garfield Park.

We are currently hiring for the Youth Garden Corps. Contact Angela Taylor at angela@gpcommunitycouncil.org.

 

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