Lawndale Christian Legal Center Announces Dormitory-Style Residence

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Lawndale Christian Legal Center announced on August 6th the construction of a $17 million center where clients will love and receive job skills to transition to homeownership. The K-Town residential workforce development center, 1441 S. Keeler Ave., will house 20 young men from North Lawndale who either have pending or completed cases in the Circuit Court of Cook County. The 20 housing units will feature a private bedroom bathroom, and kitchenette. There will be shared space for socializing and meetings, a commercial kitchen, dining area, a computer room and laundry room. Each resident will live at the center, which will be officially named at a later date, for one to three years. Funding for the residential workforce development center comes from a $7.5 million State of Illinois grant; a $750,000 federal grant; a $475,000 Illinois Housing Development Authority grant; and private donations. In 2018, LCLC spent $30,000 to purchase the K-Town property, which has 24,590 square feet and was formerly a Catholic school. The buildout includes both a gut rehab of the existing structure and new construction that will add an entire wing of office and program space. The original masonry building is over 100 years old and needs significant rehab work such as plumbing, electrical and HVAC. An elevator will be added to the building. The center is expected to open in the spring of 2024.

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