CCWBE Report

Organization:
Pilsen Housing Cooperative (PIHCO) – 18th & Peoria
Reporting Period:
May 2024
Submitted on:
May 3, 2024
Submitted By:
Diego Morales

Pre-Development Projects

Project Goals

What proportion of Goal 1 overall is complete at this point?

30%

What are the barriers and opportunities for completion that impacted goal 1 in the last month?

In April, PIHCO sharpened our strategy on this 18th & Peoria expansion project on many fronts. In particular on this goal, we’ve outlined a project of continuing the community-driven design process from our charrettes last year. This will heavily involve community members who have submitted a housing survey to PIHCO which also displays interest in PIHCO’s projects, and allows us to tailor design considerations like unit size and composition. We will soon be arranging trips to buildings made with a similar design ethos to generate ideas in preparation for convening and drawing up more specific and specialized modular designs for units that serve particular needs for our prospective members. Additionally, we have begun setting up a series of conversations with local businesses to better understand the current local economic environment for commerce, identify needs, and gauge interest as a commercial anchor tenant for our development.

What proportion of Goal 2 overall is complete at this point?

20%

What are the barriers and opportunities for completion that you impacted goal 2 in the last month?

Similar to our update on Goal 1, the plan for the design of the project is moving forward.

What proportion of Goal 3 overall is complete at this point?

20%

What are the barriers and opportunities for completion that you impacted goal 3 in the last month?

On April 9th, the city formally introduced an amendment to the existing Pilsen TIF district to the Community Development Commission. The city has indicated to us they are exploring the use of the TIF fund to acquire the 18th & Peoria site from the Juarez driving school. Those funds would not be available for disbursement until the question of the expansion is resolved, so there has been some movement on that process closer to acquisition.

CWB Ecosystem

Did you access Technical Assistance for your CWB project last month?

No

Which TA provider(s) did you work with within the Phase I CWEB grantees?

Which TA providers did you work with OUTSIDE of the Phase I CWEB grantees?

Did someone from your organization attend the Working Group this month?

No

How would you rate the usefulness of the working group to your project last month? (on a scale of 1-5)

How would you rate the usefulness of the Working Group for building community?

What have been the two most valuable contributions of the Working Group this month?

Please share any comments about the working group meetings.

How many TOTAL housing units did you preserve or create last month? (it is okay if the answer is zero)

0

How many TOTAL CWB businesses did you develop last month? (it is okay if the answer is zero)

0

Community Engagement

Number of stakeholder meetings held related to your Pre-Development Project?

1

Number of community meetings attended last month related to your Pre-Development Project?

1

Organizational Capacity

Service / Capacity

Service Capacity

Accounting & Financial Management

3 some ability

Advocacy

3 some ability

Conflict Resolution

4

Cooperative Development and Operations

3 some ability

Education & Training

4

Fundraising or Raising Capital

4

Governance / Legal

3 some ability

Marketing & Communications

4

Other

N/A

Project Management

4

Real Estate Acquisition & Development

3 some ability

Relationship Building

5 extensive ability

Research

4

Other (please describe and include ranking)

What constraints or limitations with internal capacity is the organizarion experiencing related to its Pre-Development Project?

One constraint is the pool of community members who have expressed interest in engaging in our project submitted their housing surveys to us some time ago, so we will need to be intentional in actively re-engaging them. PIHCO is planning to host another info session soon, which will bring with it a new set of interested community members who will help drive the project forward.

What opportunities, if any, did the organization take advantage of related to its Pre-Development Project?

PIHCO took April as an opportunity to sharpen our plan for moving the 18th & Peoria project forward with specifics on certain aspects, like design and the commercial tenancy.

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