At the stroke of midnight on May 23rd United Power leaders in the Oak Park area won final approval from the Village Board for 51 affordable and accessible apartments.
The campaign began in August 2010 with key United Power institutions Ascension Catholic Church, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Euclid Avenue Methodist Church and the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. The group was invigorated when Progress Center for Independent Living joined United Power and added their energy and effort.
During the campaign the team engaged new allies, held a powerful assembly with 188 people 2 days before the local election and conducted small team meetings with each of the seven Oak Park Village Trustees leading up to the positive 6-1 vote. Trustees received letters and emails by a margin of 3 to 1 in favor.
The next step in the campaign is to secure public funding for the project. Stay tuned!