Auburn Gresham is a predominately African-American middle class community located nine miles from downtown Chicago. After two decades of residential flight and commercial disinvestment along the 79th Street retail strip, the community began to see a rebound in the late 1990s through the efforts of a new alderman, alliance of community organizations and investment from the city. Today's neighborhood has many strong block clubs, well-maintained homes and new businesses along 79th Street.
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Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation (GADC) works to foster and promote revitalization of the community by designing and implementing programs that: 1) improve the community's economic viability; 2) increase availability of quality housing to people of different income levels, while maintaining and improving existing affordable housing; and 3) enhance delivery of social services, particularly to senior citizens. GADC sponsors the annual 79th Street Renaissance Festival and many other community programs.
The Perspectives Calumet Charter Schools Campus at 8131 S. May Street includes a middle school and two high schools. The middle school is one of five Chicago schools participating in the Elev8 program, which seeks to transform the lives of students through extended-day programming, in-school health centers and comprehensive social supports for students and families.
Neighborhood Housing Services serves the Auburn Gresham and Englewood communities from an office at 449 W. 79th Street. NHS has invested more than $2 million in the area and been a leader on the Model Blocks program in Auburn Gresham.
The neighborhood also hosts one of the city's most lively street fairs.
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