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Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation

The Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation (GAGDC) works to foster and promote revitalization of the low-to-moderate income communities that we serve using comprehensive community development strategies.  Since 2001, the GAGDC has worked in all, or parts of, Ashburn, Auburn Gresham, Englewood, Greater Grand Crossing, Washington Heights, West Englewood, and West Chatham.

GAGDC receives support from many sources and contributors including the State of Illinois, Cook County, Local Initiatives Support Corporation of Chicago (LISC/Chicago), the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago (UWMC),  W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, Union Pacific Railroad, the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning & Development, and local private & financial institutions.  We also partner with institutions like University of Chicago, Illinois State University, and University of Illinois at Chicago on several funded and collaborative projects,

As part of the New Communities Program, Greater-Auburn Gresham has worked to:

  • Organize residents and other community stakeholders to develop a Quality of Life Plan that integrates existing and planned activities;
  • Assess existing programs, identify service deficiencies, and generate organizational and community commitments to address them; and,
  • Partner with other organizations to attract and integrate new or improved services, creating quality recreational and social opportunities for the community.

GADC's other programs include:

Community Economic Development

  • Provides technical assistance for business start-ups

  • Beautifies commercial areas via Chicago of Chicago’s Special Service Area #32

  • Holds informational forums

  • Serves as CAPS liaison and public safety advocate

  • Facilitates of the Community Advisory Council

  • Collaborates with Retail Chicago, the Small Business Administration, Small Business Development Centers, and is a Neighborhood Business Development Center site

  • 79th Street Renaissance Festival

  • City of Chicago Summer Youth Employment

  • After School Matters Youth Employment

  • Free Tax Services and Financial Seminars

  • Free Financial Coaching through Center for Working Families

  • Provide referrals for free web pages for local establishments

Housing and Senior Services

  • Holds informational forums, home-buying seminars and credit counseling

  • Provides technical assistance for block clubs and homeowner associates

  • Creates a resource and referral network with linkages to financial resources and social services

  • Collaborates with Neighborhood Housing Services

  • Participates in the Department of Housing HRAIL Program as a delegate agent as well as the Historic Chicago Brick Bungalow initiative

  • Undertakes the Senior Minor Home Repairs and Maintenance Program, preservation of single family and multi-unit housing, and Special Project Initiatives

  • Provide Foreclosure Prevention Workshops

Real Estate Development

  • Builds mixed-income housing and commercial units

  • Provides consulting and project management services

  • Undertakes construction management and property management

Educational Initiatives

  • United Way Neighborhood Network

  • Middle School Extended Day Programs

  • Arts and Technology Extended Day Programs

  • Safe Passageways to/from local schools

  • Auburn Gresham Gold - A Community-driven Education Plan

  • Community Newsletter

  • Community Web Portals (

GAGDC is headquartered at 7901 South Racine, Chicago, IL 60620. We can be reached by phone or fax at (773) 483-3696 or e-mail at


To foster and promote revitalization of the community by designing and implementing programs that improve the community’s economic viability; increase availability of quality housing to people of different income levels, while maintaining and improving existing affordable housing; and enhance delivery of social services, particularly to senior citizens.

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