Our History

Since its founding, The Resurrection Project has grown from a grassroots advocacy organization into a pillar of Chicago’s southwest communities. Learn about some of the major milestones that have shaped our programs and services below.


Organization Founded

Six local parishes each contributed $5,000 in seed money to establish TRP with the goal of advocating for a safer, cleaner, and more inclusive community.


TRP Acquires First Property

TRP purchases the St. Vitus complex and the Zocalo plaza at 18th and Paulina Streets.


TRP Constituents Meet Mayor Daley

TRP organizes 800 community residents to meet Chicago’s mayor. During this meeting, they secure his commitment to increasing local affordable housing and safety initiatives.


TRP Begins Building New Homes

TRP wins $2 million from the City of Chicago to build 100 new homes, and hosts over 100 families in TRP’s New Homes for Chicago lottery.


TRP Opens First Early Childhood Education Center

TRP opens Centro Familiar Guadalupano Family Center in Pilsen, an early childhood education center providing services to local families.


Casa Guerrero Opens

During this year, TRP opens two new affordable rental buildings, one of which is Casa Guerrero—the first Low Income Housing Tax Credit Development in Pilsen.


TRP Completes 100th Home and Expands to Little Village

In the same year that TRP completes its 100th home in Pilsen, the organization opens the state-of-the-art Casa Tabasco—its first home in Little Village.


Development of Casa Puebla

The Resurrection Project raises $16 million to construct five buildings of affordable housing in Pilsen.


Paulo Freire Family Center Opens in Back of the Yards

TRP opens second early childhood education center, Paulo Freire Family Center, in Back of the Yards to provide top-quality early childhood education and a safe space for local families.


IL House Bill 60 Signed

TRP’s organizing efforts help secure the signing of, IL House Bill 60 into law. As a result, undocumented students in IL are now eligible for in-state tuition at state colleges.


Pilsen Planning Committee Forms

TRP convenes over 21 local organizations to form the Pilsen Planning Committee with the aim of creating a Quality-of-Life plan for the neighborhood and making it a self-reliant, family-oriented community.


Development of Casa Morelos

The Resurrection Project raises $14 million to construct 45 units of affordable housing in Pilsen.


Development of Casa Maravilla, La Casa Student Housing and Resource Center, and Health Sciences Career Academy

In its 20th year, TRP raises $20 million to construct 72 units of affordable senior housing & secures $8.9 million for the development of La Casa Student Housing and Resource Center in Pilsen.

After 6 years of helping program participants work towards post-secondary degrees, financial independence and professional development, the organization made the difficult decision to conclude the housing portion of La Casa’s program in June of 2019. We are proud of all the remarkable accomplishments that our students have been able to achieve.

The organization partners with Instituto del Progreso Latino to open the Health Sciences Career Academy, which provides job training to urban youth.


TRP Responds to DACA and Expands Affordable Housing to Back of the Yards

TRP begins offering free consultation about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This year, TRP also creates 75 new units affordable housing from 40 abandoned properties in the Back of the Yards neighborhood through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP2) Funds.


Second Federal Savings and Loan Rescued

TRP and Self-Help Federal Credit Union acquire 1,100 loans totaling $141 million to save Second Federal Savings – a bank that served communities hit hard by the economic recession.

This year, TRP leaders also advocate for the passing of SB957, which permits undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s license.


Imagine More

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, TRP launches the Imagine More Campaign with the goal of raising $25 million to fund its 2020 strategic vision.


Casa Querétaro Opens

TRP raises $15 million to construct 45 units of affordable housing in Pilsen, replacing a long-abandoned lot.


Chicago Legal Protection Fund and the Preservation of Pilsen’s only existing Single Room Occupancy Building, SRO

City Council approves the Chicago Legal Protection Fund, a $1.3 million initiative that supports organizations, including TRP, in their efforts to extend protections to undocumented immigrants throughout the city.

Also, TRP acquires Casa del Sol, to preserve affordable housing to underserved community members, some in risk of homelessness.


CDFI Recognition

TRP is certified by the US Department of Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI)—a mission-driven financial institution dedicated to serving low-income communities.

This year, TRP also launches its DACA fund, ensuring that DREAMERs are able to renew their DACA and receive continued protection from deportation.


Access to Justice Funded at $10M

The Access to Justice program is an Illinois statewide program that seeks to mitigate the devastating consequences of incarceration and family separation on vulnerable communities by: expanding effective and holistic community-based legal services, providing opportunities for authentic local leadership of affected individuals, sharing experience and best practices between partner organizations to increase capacity.


Looking Toward the Future

Operating throughout Chicago’s West and South Sides, The Resurrection Project has grown to secure $537 million in community investments through homes for ownership, rental housing, and community services. We are working to fulfill our 2020 strategic vision with partner organizations on plans to revitalize neighborhoods in the western suburbs.