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Environmental Justice


Health, Recovery, and Mutual Aid

In Chicago, the COVID-19 pandemic hit our city’s black and brown communities the hardest. But we're working hard to bring resources and recovery to the far Southside. Learn more about our health equity work here.

Solar on the Southside

We are working hard to make sure far south side residents don’t get left out of the clean energy economy! Learn more about how to become part of the growing solar energy field here.

Healthy and Affordable Housing for All


Everyone should have access to safe, healthy and affordable housing no matter where they live.

PCR works with the Chicago Housing Initiative to preserve Chicago’s existing public housing stock and expand public and affordable housing to all areas of the city. Further, we work to expand energy efficiency and building electrification in public and affordable housing. These measures improve indoor air quality, make homes more comfortable and reduce utility costs all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions to help address the climate crisis. As state lead of the Illinois Energy Efficiency for All Coalition, we help guide policy and implementation to hold utility companies, elected officials and businesses accountable to equitably expanding energy efficiency and building decarbonization for low-income residents.

If you're interested in knowing more about your rights as a tenants, or learning more about programs that can help save you money and save the planet- check out our Community and Neighborhood Aid page.

Fair Economic Development

Photo courtesy of CTA

Working toward community-driven reinvestment for the far southside.

CTA Redline Extension

With a number of development projects coming to our neighborhood including the CTA Redline Extension and riverfront revitalization projects, PCR is working to ensure these projects benefit community members rather than displace them - and that residents are involved in each step of the process- from participating in planning and visioning sessions to securing jobs constructing and maintaining new infrastructure. We’re organizing to leverage opportunities, including historic designation of Altgeld Gardens, the City of Chicago's budget priorities for environmental justice and the far southside, and the federal Justice 40 Initiative that will secure needed resources including access to fresh food, youth programming and jobs.

C-building Campaign

In 2021, PCR successfully stopped Chicago Public Schools from its planned demolition of the historic C building at Altgeld Gardens. Staff and advocates educated city officials on the importance and historical significance of the building (Altgeld’s first school) as well as Altgeld Gardens as whole, given the legacy of PCR’s founder, Hazel Johnson. This work contributed to the decision by the City of Chicago Commission on Landmarks to vote in favor of Altgeld’s registered historic landmark status.

Hazel Johnson EJ Legacy

Hazel Johnson presentation

Hazel's Legacy

Education and Trainings

Part of Hazel's legacy includes educating and empowering future generations of leaders in the environmental justice movement. Click here to learn about PCR's trainings for youth and young adults.

A New Vision for Altgeld Gardens

In 2021, our community came together to stop the demolition of the Historic C Building in Altgeld Gardens. This initial win was a huge achievement, but we’re not stopping there. PCR is now leading community visioning efforts to engage and inspire residents around what we want to see in our neighborhood - things like a grocery store, clean energy job training, youth programming, outdoor recreation and more. To learn more, click here.

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Saving the Historic C Building

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Climate and Equitable Jobs Act

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The work for justice, equity and freedom takes all of us! There are many ways to lend a hand. From artists to researchers, event planners to technical experts, our partners and volunteers bring a wide range of gifts and interests. Join us today!

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