Our history

 

Holsten Human Capital Development (HHCD) began in 1999 as a division of Holsten Real Estate Development Corporation to stabilize families and build strong communities. Since its inception in 1975, Holsten Real Estate has developed more than 5,000 units of affordable, market rate, mixed-income, and mixed use housing throughout the city making it one of Chicago’s foremost development companies. Working hand-in-hand with the development company, HHCD has provided social services to subsidized tenants and helped build strong surrounding communities. In addition to guiding over 600 eligible CHA residents through the screening and selection process for new housing, HHCD has expanded services to all of the company’s and surrounding communities’ low-income residents.

HHCD currently provides service coordination and case management services to nearly 1,000 low-income, families, individuals and seniors at six residential properties across Chicago, engaging a range of moderate and low-income households residing in subsidized housing. HHCD provides three core programs: Resident and Family Services, Workforce Development and Community Building. Through these three programs, multiple services address the key needs of clients with a focus on housing stability, self-sufficiency, senior services, youth services and community building.

 

What We've Achieved

  • 2015
    HHCD staff employed the Supportive Case Management model with wraparound services to help residents of the newly-purchased The Midwest Apartments, a 276 studio unit building in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, and in 170 scattered site public housing units throughout Lawndale, to help residents progress from homelessness and unemployment to self-sufficiency.
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  • 2014
    HHCD was awarded a 5-year Family Works contract with the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) to provide comprehensive case management, employment, youth empowerment, housing stability, clinical and wellness programs to CHA residents in the former Cabrini-Green neighborhood.
     
  • 2010
    HHCD began providing senior and family services to residents in the new Wilson Yard in Uptown.
     
  • 2008
    HHCD incorporated as a separate, 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization with a mission to strengthen families by expanding their access to resources that promote self-sufficiency.
     
  • 2001-2002
    HHCD assisted 80 CHA Cabrini-Green residents transition to private housing at the 261-unit North Town Village, one of the first developments to integrate public housing with moderate and market rental and for sale units.
  • 2014
    HHCD and Holsten Real Estate Development Corporation purchased the 583-unit Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Lawson House located in the Gold Coast from the YMCA, assuming two major HUD Special Needs Assistance Program grants. HHCD administers supportive housing services through the Lawson Life Development Center. A comprehensive rehabilitation of the entire building maintaining its affordability is planned for 2018.
     
  • 2010
    HHCD received a 3-year, $720,000 Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) enabling HHCD to employ Service Coordinators at multiple sites to provide comprehensive services and referrals to public housing residents.
     
  • 2008
    HHCD expanded to serve residents in Parkside of Old Town in the Near North community.
     
  • 2004
    HHCD began providing services to seniors and families in the newly-rehabbed Hilliard Apartments in the South Loop, including bi-lingual services for elderly Chinese residents.2001-2002
    HHCD assisted 80 CHA Cabrini-Green residents transition to private housing at the 261-unit North Town Village, one of the first developments to integrate public housing with moderate and market rental and for sale units.