Logan Square Neighborhood Association
Purpose of Grant
For family engagement, leadership development, network development, and policy advocacy to address affordable housing, education, immigration justice and other issues, in alignment with the Equal Voice framework for movement building.
Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA), established in 1962, recently revised its mission statement to better reflect its priorities: “LSNA is a community-based organization advancing diversity, leader development, and models of engagement as the catalyst for social justice.” LSNA achieves its mission through building networks, organizational capacity and leadership, and engaging its base of constituents to collaborate in order to improve the economic and social well-being of families.
Working in alignment with the Equal Voice framework, LSNA believes in nurturing and encouraging leadership among the residents who are most familiar with their communities’ challenges, and it works with this base to develop goals and solutions. Leaders are often recruited from within member institutions, most of which are grassroots community-based organizations, schools, and churches. LSNA builds relationships and structures through which these community leaders direct the organization and hold it accountable.
LSNA serves the multi-ethnic communities of Logan Square, Avondale, Hermosa, and the Lathrop Homes area. The majority of LSNA leaders are engaged in and around schools, which are predominately Latino and low-income. Of the 137,867 residents in the three communities, 67.5% are Latino. Lathrop Homes is a multicultural public housing development with approximately 175 families living there; approximately 55% African-American and 35% Latino.