CCWBE Report

The Resurrection Project
Reporting Period:
Nov 2023
Submitted on:
November 30, 2023
Submitted By:
Kristen Komara

TA Providers: General Questions

CWB Goals

Please provide a brief update on your progress toward your proposed CWB goals in the last reporting period:

The Resurrection Project is actively engaging with our colleagues at CCWBE and UHAB to share resources and provide support as we continue to collaborate with partner stakeholders and co-op prospects by providing education on credit stabilization and limited/ shared equity. The Resurrection Project is also working towards securing the necessary documents, researching entities, and connecting the dots as we develop a share loan product. We are taking an integrated approach to ensure proper guidance in identifying and generating loan documentation specific to the state of Illinois.

What constraints or limitations, if any, did you experience in the last reporting period?

The Resurrection Project has not experienced any constraints because we have put in place practices that have given great success. We are actively engaging residents and gathering feedback and information about their needs and what they are looking for in cooperative ownership. We have a well-prepared plan that ensures we are ready and on track with the project. With the help of our CCWBE and UHAB colleagues, we have collectively contributed to the project's progress.

What opportunities, if any, did you take advantage of in the last reporting period?

We participated in the 2024 Chicago Worker Cooperative Developer training organized by Jenna Pollack, attended the UHAB incubator launch with Mark Smithivas, Peter Dean, and Andrew Richer. During our first meeting, we were able to connect and introduce ourselves to other co-ops and stakeholders, identified opportunities to collaborate and support education by offering to host an incubation session. We met with Alex Cabral from Grounded Solutions, Mark Smithivas and Peter Dean from UHAB, Linda Lutton from PIHCO, Robin Semer from La Villita Co-op and its residents. We also met with the residents of The Little Village Co-op for a virtual workshop on co-operative ownership and ITIN options. And we attended the CWB LEHC Monthly Working Group.

Chicago CWB Ecosystem

Did you establish new CWB relationships/partnerships in the last reporting period?


Please describe the relationships you established pertaining to your CWB work.

We connected to Fatima Perez from Title Helpers who has 20+ years working for title companies. She provided some helpful resources and referred us to a loan document preparation service that may be able to provide Illinois specific documentation. We connected with Frank Binnette from CIBM Mortgage to discuss share loans and related title questions. The Resurrection Project is expecting to follow up with them soon. We also consulted with Margaret Lund from Co-Opera Co. to discuss this topic. Margaret is a long-time leader in the cooperative space. We also got to meet with new cooperative folks during the incubation session and colleagues and partners who are providing technical and logistical support to these groups.

Did you collaborate with other TA providers in the last reporting period?


Which TA provider(s) did you work with?

Mark Smithivas, Peter Dean, and Andrew Richer

Please share on behalf of whom / which projects you collaborated with the TA providers above:

The TA members and The Resurrection Project have been diligently collaborating to gather documentation resources through crowdsourcing. They meet regularly and actively participate in group meetings and program events. Thanks to the strong partnership, the project has made great progress and is on track with our goals.

Did you attend the Working Group meeting last month?


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

5 extremely useful

Optional Space

Demographic Data

Community Area(s) (select all that apply)

Community Area Participants Served in this Community Area
South Lawndale 5


Race / Ethnicity of Participants (select all that apply)



Gender identity of Participants (select all that apply)



Age Range of Participants (select all that apply)

35 to 49
50 to 64


Limited Equity Housing Coops Work

How many sessions of one-on-one consulting to Limited Equity Housing Cooperatives (LEHCs) did you conduct this reporting period? (e.g. one group or individual with one training provider)?



How many group workshops for Limited Equity Housing Cooperatives did you conduct this reporting period? (e.g. convenings, workshops, events, etc.) 



How many hours of support to CWB Pre-Development Limited Equity Housing Cooperatives did you provide this reporting period?



How many hours of support to existing Limited Equity Housing Cooperatives did you provide this reporting period?



Please list the LEHCs you worked with this reporting period.

La Villita Housing Cooperative
Pilsen Housing Cooperative (PIHCO) - 18th & Peoria


What type(s) of Technical Assistance did you provide to LEHCs this reporting period? Select all that apply.


Number of AFFORDABLE housing units preserved or developed this period



Number of AFFORDABLE housing units added to the pipeline this period



Did you provide education to any LEHCs this reporting period?



How many hours of cohort education/training did you provide last month?



How many hours of popular education/outreach did you provide last month?



Number of curriculum material(s) created last month



How did you market your services and conduct outreach in the last reporting period? Select all that apply.




Requested by co-op residents


What are the greatest needs that your LEHC clients/partners expressed in this reporting period?

Readily accessible loan products.


What are the greatest gaps in service or resources in Chicago's CWB ecosystem?

Access to loans and prequialifications due to poor to no credit and immigration status.


Please share any direct testimonials from LEHC clients or storytelling about the impact of your work this period:


Please upload media (document with testimonials, photos, or video links) from LEHC workshops or events held.