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crucial links between direct client services, systems change advocacy, public education and civil rights enforcement.

AMPS, Incorporated Chicago, IL $4,146 AMPS, Inc. was founded in 1991, approved as a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) in August 1997 and certified as a HUD comprehensive housing counseling agency in November 1997. The goal of AMPS, Inc.’s housing division is to ensure that indigenous residents who wish to remain within North Lawndale have every opportunity to do so and that homeownership is the preferred means where feasible and economically viable. The housing division includes both development and counseling aspects, resulting in a comprehensive and flexible approach to the problems facing lower income residents in the community.

CEFS Economic Opportunity Corporation Effingham, IL $16,979 As a community action agency, CEFS provides comprehensive counseling and advice to tenants and homeowners on property maintenance, financial management and other housing related issues. Their goal is to assist individuals and households in maintaining or securing affordable housing. CEFS also works with the homeless, or near homeless. CEFS works in the Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Shelby, Montgomery, Moultrie, and Christian communities.

Chicago Commons Chicago, IL $19,145 Established as a nonprofit in 1894, Chicago Commons assists people to become self sufficient and economically independent. Since 1979, Chicago Commons Housing Resource Center (CCHRC) has assisted the Englewood community in alleviating problems caused by substandard housing, housing shortages and housing abandonment. CCHRC provides residents with housing counseling and access to a variety of loan products for purchase and/or rehabilitation/home improvements.

Community & Economic Development Association (CEDA) Chicago, IL $22,479 CEDA ’s housing counseling program has primarily served residents of suburban Cook County since 1966. In 1985, the agency expanded their services to residents of Chicago and other counties. CEDA has been HUD approved since 1974. CEDA’s goals are to enhance housing access, reduce barriers to housing and create and preserve affordable housing opportunities. Their housing counseling program is comprehensive, placing special emphasis on making sure people have fair and equal rights to housing. CEDA works jointly with other agencies and associations in the housing field to further the effectiveness of fair housing efforts. CEDA’s employees are bilingual, speaking languages such as Spanish, Thai, and German. Several office locations are available throughout Cook County.


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