The Reparations Work Underway in Evanston, IL: Promoting an Affirmative and Accountable Government

Officed in Evanston,  BRicK Partners was honored when Robin Snyderman was asked by the American Bar Association Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law to write an article about the town’s historic Reparations work.

Already a big fan of former Evanston Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, now the executive director of FirstRepair and the visionary behind this monumental effort, BRicK was even more honored that Robin Rue Simmons accepted our invitation to co-author this important piece.

With the publication complete, and new perspective on “a tale of two Robins,” both FirstRepair and BRicK Partners see many opportunities for collaboration in the future.  BRicK’s experience promoting equitable communities through a variety of regional housing solutions and FirstRepair’s expertise in Reparations combine to offer new perspective and tools to supplement local, regional and national efforts.

New Regional Opportunity Area Development Finance Initiative launched in Kansas City, MO

BRicK Partners, together with its colleague Antonio Riley,  has worked with local leaders to create the The ROAD Forward (a Regional Opportunity Area Development Finance Initiative), with the goal of encouraging affordable housing development for families near jobs, transportation, educational opportunities, and other amenities in the Kansas City, Missouri region. BRicK has been honored to help facilitate this collaboration, which includes the Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) of Kansas City and Lee’s Summit, the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), the City of Kansas City, and the LISC and United Way of Greater Kansas City. In consultation with the Missouri Housing Development Commission, these partners will leverage rent subsidies and other financing and leadership to increase the supply of housing options in opportunity areas.

August 2021

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