In August 2015, CDF provided $9 million in Federal New Markets Tax Credit financing and $5 million in State New Markets Tax Credit financing to UCAN, a nonprofit serving more than 10,000 at-risk children and families each year through over 30 programs focused on preventing violence, healing trauma, building strong families, and educating and empowering youth. CDF financing is supporting the construction of a new 31,000 square Program Services and Administrative Headquarters at 3605 W. Fillmore Street in North Lawndale. The facility will house a variety of programs for families and youth, many of whom are wards of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
The new Program Services and Administrative Headquarters will be home to virtually all of UCAN’s non-residential youth programming, including job readiness, violence interruption/prevention, youth leadership, counseling, teen parenting, professional foster care, and transitional teen services. An estimated 4,620 youth will be served annually by these programs at the new facility. In particular, UCAN will be able to realize the full development of its youth violence prevention programming by expanding services such as its unique Peace Hub approach, which coordinates programs and services across providers and has succeeded in reducing arrest rates among youth participants by 68%. The project is the second phase of the UCAN CITY campus, which also involves a 54,500 square foot Therapeutic Youth Home that will provide 70 rooms for youth who have experienced abuse and neglect.
Construction of the Program Services and Administrative Headquarters is complete. The facility opened in July 2016.