Lake County Housing Authority
Newsletter 

First Quarter 2017

David A. Northern, Sr.  Executive Director/Chief Executive Office
We are only a quarter way through the year and already there is so much to be said of 2017. These are changing times, as this  industry and others face uncertainty in the midst of a changing political climate.  I have always been a man who believes that we must first do well with what we are given. So as a leader, I am always driven to provide new ways to serve and empower our clients. From providing housing to the Family Self Sufficiency Programs, Lake County Housing Authority is committed to making sure our clients receive the tools necessary to positively contribute to this community.  Through our strong partnerships and community collaborations, we will continue to provide quality affordable housing choices. Through scholarships, home buying counseling, and programming like literacy nights and Zumba, we will continue to support the growth and wellness of our clients.  I would like to thank the Board of Commissioners and LCHA staff who work so diligently to serve this community. It is because of them  that LCHA is designated a High Performer and remains an innovative  leader in housing.   Service Above Else!
Groundbreaking Ceremony for Brookstone and Regency at Coles Park 

On March 3, 2017, Lake County Housing Authority and The Benoit Group hosted the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the innovative development Brookstone and Regency at Coles Park. This was a monumental day for North Chicago and Lake County as a whole. Lake County Housing Authority  would like to again thank the Board of Commissioners, staff, partners, supporters, and each and every person who has contributed to this project thus far. 

Lake County Housing Authority's Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program Achieves 
"High Performer" Status 


A huge thank you to the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program staff for their consistent hard work that earned this designation. You serve Lake County citizens with great care, you are appreciated!

           Community Engagement Spotlight 
Spring Break in Springfield

On March 30th, Lake County Housing Authority took 30 youth on a wonderful enrichment trip to Springfield. The children visited the Old State Capital Building, State Capital, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum. A special thank you to Speaker of the House Madigan, Senator Bush, Representative Mayfield, and Representative Yingling for the tours, gifts, and the opportunity for our youth to meet men and women who serve this state and country. 



LCHA Takes Lake County Youth to See "Hidden Figures" 


On Thursday, January 19th, Lake County Housing Authority's Family Self Sufficiency team had the pleasure of providing our participants' children, ages 8 to 18, an opportunity to see the blockbuster movie "Hidden Figures".  Round trip transportation for eleven children was provided to the Marcus Theatre in Gurnee, IL.  Each child received popcorn and refreshments, while enjoying the incredible story of three African-American women, Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson.  

Fairhaven Crossing


Lake County Housing Authority is proud to be a leading force in the fight for affordable housing in Illinois. LCHA will provide subsidies for 14 units in Fairhaven Crossing, the newest housing development in Mundelein, Illinois. On March 2nd, Fairhaven Crossing hosted its Ribbon Cutting Ceremony which featured our very own Executive Director/CEO David A. Northern, Sr. and Commissioner Dawn Abernathy. Fairhaven Crossing is an integrated development, serving residents of varying physical abilities. It will enable people with disabilities to thrive in this community, also strengthening this community's economy by bringing in working families and individuals. The 82,900 square foot development includes a three-story, 40-unit apartment building. There are 20 three-bedroom units, 11 two-bedroom units, and nine one-bedroom units. LCHA is proud to be a part of yet another great project and to further exemplify our motto, "Service Above All Else."

Lake County: A Welcoming and Inclusive Community
Summit of Leaders


On February 21st, Executive Director/CEO David A Northern Sr., along with Chairperson Dr. H. Lee Jordan and over 200 other community leaders, pledged to make Lake County an inclusive and welcoming community. As a panelist and facilitator at this "Summit of Leaders", David A. Northern, Sr. explained how education is the key to building understanding in the community. "Replacing stereotypes with facts will lead to people truly understanding one another. Understanding one another will, in turn, enable us to reach our full potential as a community."

Cooking Classes with Illinois Junior Chef's Program


Lake County partnered with The University of Illinois to host Illinois Junior Chef's Program. This program taught children ages 8-11 the fundamentals of cooking. Our youth created different recipes over the course of two days and learned how to properly handle kitchen supplies. 

 Giving Back at Bernie's Book Bank

  

On March 15th, 12 Lake County Housing Authority staff attended "Bernie's Book Bank" to sort, label, and bag books. LCHA prepared books for over 500 students. Lake County Housing Authority takes pride in volunteerism and serving this community in a multitude of ways. 
 Financial Education Workshop with North Chicago Community Bank and Wauconda Community Bank




On March 21st, LCHA's Family Self-Sufficiency Program hosted its Financial Education Workshop. Robbie Galla, Assistant Vice President of Wauconda Community Bank and Theresa McSee, Vice President and Branch Manager of North Chicago Community Bank provided clients with invaluable information, advice, and tools to attain financial freedom. LCHA continues to be proud of the partnerships that allow us to serve this community's needs. 
 LCHA Hosts "Family Fitness Night"


On February 15th, Lake County Housing Authority partnered with a local group fitness studio "
Joi with Fitness" to host its first Family Fitness Night. This event was attended by over 40 people, including LCHA staff and clients. This event was a part of the Family Self Sufficiency Program's continuous effort to provide clients with holistic services that support self-sufficiency.
Community Education 


On March 16th, Executive Director/CEO David A Northern Sr. met with Lake County township supervisors to explain our programs and services. Lake County Housing Authority believes that building understanding among members of the community allows us to best serve its most vulnerable. If your organization or board would like to meet to gain a better understanding of our programs and services, please contact us.

Community Support

Residents from Lake Zurich area have formed LZ Compassionate Community, a group that supports Midlothian Manor. Area residents said they started the group because  many residents back the idea of PADS Lake County operating the facility for the housing authority as a federal Safe Haven program serving the chronically homeless with mental illness. You can read the entire article here.


 
AIM NORTH

AIM North Developing Corporation is Lake County Housing Authorities partnering Non-Profit Organization. To learn more about AIM NORTH, please visit the new website   AIM NORTH .



Keon Jackson, Director of Capital Improvements
Wins Business Award


On February 19th, Keon Jackson, Director of Capital Improvements was honored with the Most Influential in Business Award by Chicago's People's Voice. Keon serves this community and its citizens with integrity. His passion for clients and ability to build and maintain partnerships makes him invaluable part of the LCHA team. 

Keon oversees a multitude of LCHA's projects. He is responsible for administrative and professional oversight in planning, directing, and coordinating the Authority's varied and complex Housing and Community Development Program, Capital Fund Budget, Modernization, Procurement, Maintenance, Affordable Housing Acquisition and Rental Program. Keon is committed to these tasks, all while ensuring compliance with HUD regulations. He is also tasked with managing external relationships and collaborations. Most notably, Keon oversees the Marion Jones Redevelopment Project, which will provide affordable and quality housing to over 200 families in North Chicago, Illinois.

Clients appreciate his insight into their housing and contractual needs and clear communication while staff appreciates his honesty and management accountability. In business and in everyday life, Keon embodies the LCHA motto, "Service Above All Else". Congratulations Keon.


 


 


 

Congratulations to our First Quarter

"Employees of the Month"


 

January
Alona Miller, Assistant Property Manager


 


 

February
Twyla Gordon, Receptionist


 


 

 

Lake County Housing Authority Clients Receive 
Pillow Donations


With the help of agency friend Pastor Michael Pimpo, LCHA was able to help residents sleep a little better with these brand new, comfortable donated pillows. We were pleased to share the gifts with families and seniors at our public housing buildings.

LCHA Continues in the Fight to Confront Homelessness


On January 25th, volunteers set out overnight to find, count,  and offer shelter to the homeless population in Lake County. The Point-In-Time Count, conducted annually, is vital to figuring out where to focus resources to help end chronic homelessness in Lake County. Lake County Housing Authority and Commissioner Dawn Abernathy were proud to support this great effort. 
Lake County Housing Authority has a new website! 
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