The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago is struggling to move forward with construction plans after falling $35 million short of its key fundraising milestone. Major foundations, like Chicago Community Trust, have historically accounted for over 75% of the funding for the city’s rehab specialty hospital.
Although Chicago's unemployment rate is one of the highest in the nation, it's slowly getting better — and we have the Chicago Workforce Investment Council and Chicago Community Trust (CCT) to thank. CCT has been contributing $300,000 annually to the Chicago Workforce Investment Council to put towards community development and career training. The Council monitors over $350 million of public investments each year to train employees and coordinate job resources across the city to support the regional economy.
Thanks to Chicago Community Trust's annual $250,000 grants, the Big Shoulders Fund has been successful in educating the poorest and most disadvantaged inner-city areas of Chicago. Chicago Community Trust also helps the Big Shoulders Fund implement project-based professional growth development programs for nearly 800 teachers each year.
Homelessness and inadequate housing is a serious problem in Chicago, especially in the low-income Latino neighborhood of Humboldt Park. As you walk from one end of the park to the other, nearly every park bench is occupied by someone who calls it home. But thanks to the Chicago Community Trust Fellowship, social service agencies are getting more funding to combat the housing crisis in this struggling neighborhood.
Flip on any local news station in Chicago and the focus will be on the Lincoln Park and the Gold Coast neighborhoods. Despite population increases in the city's low-income south and west side neighborhoods, traditional news outlets often fail to report on the issues important to residents of these communities. But this may soon change thanks to Chicago Community Trust's support of the city's Local Reporting Initiative.