Chicago Neighborhood Recovery Program
The Chicago Neighborhood Recovery Program (CNRP) is an innovative initiative spearheaded by the Department of Housing (DOH) with a mission to revitalize distressed neighborhoods in Chicago. CNRP achieves this by reducing the financial barriers to homeownership, fostering vibrant communities, and educating new property owners and developers with information for them to understand how to invest in vacant buildings within strategically selected neighborhood blocks.
This program operates on the foundation of three core principles: precise allocation of resources to specific geographic areas, collaborative efforts involving private, public, and nonprofit partners, and the holistic utilization of these resources to cater to the unique needs of families, properties, and entire blocks.
CNRP encompasses 11 designated target areas, which are thoughtfully outlined on the maps below. Within each of these target areas, a community partner organization is actively engaged in enhancing neighborhood stability by reinvesting in vacant properties and providing support to existing homeowners. Simultaneously, CNRP opens doors to new homeownership opportunities. The City extends a generous $15,000 down payment assistance to eligible owner-occupants ready to purchase a home within a CNRP-designated area. Moreover, the City offers forgivable loans to assist current owner-occupants in making essential home repairs. Finally, CNRP works with a multitude of community organizations, financial partners, task force teams within neighborhoods, churches, stakeholders, etc., to locate resources and empower people within the targeted areas of how to access the resources to help improve their overall quality of life.
For those interested in acquiring property or engaging in real estate development within the specified areas, please reach out to the relevant community partner listed below. Existing residents seeking financial assistance for homeownership are also encouraged to make contact. For general inquiries about CNRP, please direct your questions to Assistant Commissioner Will Edwards at DOH, reachable at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CNRP Target Areas
New City (Back of the Yards)
West Garfield Park
West Humboldt Park