How Women Developers are Championing Community Reinvestment in West Woodlawn, Chicago (Mobile Workshop)
Date & Time
Thursday, September 8, 2022, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Bonita Harrison Kathy O’Brien Elisha Sanders

Women developers are making an impact in West Woodlawn. Not only are they overcoming hurdles of working in a predominantly male occupation, but they have also led by example in championing the “Buy Back the Block” model. This concept of Buying Back the Block emphasizes community reinvestment by the community, for the community, and with the community, to build shared equity and wealth in long-under-resourced  minority neighborhoods. Speakers will share examples of how minority and women developers have acquired and broken ground on vacant lots and distressed properties in West Woodlawn to transform them into quality housing for homeowners. Join this session to take away lessons on more inclusive development, working in urban areas that have seen decades of disinvestment, and maintaining quality while managing rising construction costs. This mobile workshop will show the power of investment to enable a place for residents and small businesses to thrives.

Session Type
Mobile Workshop