September 27, 2022

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‘Opportunity to have access’: Englewood residents get land to build dreams for the community and themselves

CHICAGO (CBS) —  It is a just one-of-a-form reward that is helping strengthen and beautify one Chicago community.

CBS 2’s Steven Graves introduces us to just one fortunate winner and his ideas to pour love into his local community.

As Dr. Marlon Haywood walks down Loomis around 62nd avenue in Englewood…

“I had relatives that stayed in that house, I experienced family members that stayed in that creating.”

There are sweet moments of his childhood put in with Grandma come to thoughts.

“She had a candy store on the block with the candy and the icy cups.”

It really is also where by a desire formulated.

“I used to stroll past the deserted structures when I was younger and would say ‘who’s going to be the a person to make that change?”

Now at 35 years old, he is a component of that change, going for walks on his recently owned lot, only feet from in which he grew up with his grandma. 

He won the 3,720 vacant parcel this previous Sunday, totally free of charge. The Resident Association of Larger Englewood or R.A.G.E. teamed up with the Cook County Land Financial institution to rejoice Juneteenth. Winners had to very own home on the block the place the vacant lot was.

“They have the option to have obtain, just possessing the option to individual a thing on their block,” said Acquisition Specialist Elisha Sanders.

A standard sized whole lot of 32-50 square-feet in Englewood can operate another person up $3,500.

“At the end of the working day, we want persons to be capable to move alongside one thing to their people that is truly worth value,” claimed Aisha Butler of RAGE.

Whilst this is initiative is focused on filling vacant land, there is also a drive to deal with the difficulty of vacant residences. RAGE estimates practically 50% of housing stock in Englewood is vacant. They help tackle the issue by way of their Re-UP marketing campaign and other giveaways.

Haywood, a youth mentor, stated he strategies to bring trailers into the vacant good deal and convert them into a harmless room for youthful individuals.

Supplying again and developing a optimistic legacy.

“When you occur again 5 a long time later on, you are heading to say ‘wow.’ There is a motion I sense like is about to consider area and modify this Englewood group.”

In all, 11 parcels of land have been handed out for cost-free. The Cook dinner County Land Bank Authority strategies to information new entrepreneurs in producing the land.