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Stories and updates from the CEDA team, partners & supporters

CEDA’s Year in Review

What a year it has been. Without a doubt, we are living through one of the most challenging moments in modern history. From the COVID-19 crisis taking hundreds of thousands of lives, to the civil unrest in response to racial injustice, to the millions of people slipping into poverty as...

CEDA Programs: A Lifeline When They Needed It

For over half a century, CEDA has been making a difference in the lives of countless Chicagoland residents. So far, we’ve served 334,122 individuals and 172,751 households. But while these numbers might tell you the size of our impact, what really matters is the people. Today we’d like to take...

Restoring Homes & Communities with Weatherization

View from the Field: Restoring Homes & Communities with Weatherization

Today is National Weatherization Day! “Weatherization” is a term you may have heard in the news lately – the process aims to keep individuals and families safe and comfortable while lowering their gas and electric bills. When a building is weatherized, the structure and heating systems are either repaired or...

Investing in Our Communities

Jobs play a central role in the lives of most adults, allowing individuals not just to afford basic needs, but also to build a secure life and be positive forces in their neighborhoods. Unfortunately, not everyone is offered a seat at the table. The last economic recovery saw an increase...

A MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO

The heartbreaking events over the past weeks have had an intensely personal effect on me. They've brought up the unsettling feelings I've had way too many times before. The unsettling feelings steeped with hurt, anger and frustration ignited by injustice. I am desperately pained for all the Black youth and...

Building Resilience in Our Clients and Communities

Poverty has a great impact in our communities. At an essential level, every parent wants to provide for their children- food, clothing and shelter. For those recently unemployed or the more than 800K people living below the federal poverty line in Cook County, surviving with less than $1,600 a month,...

National Presence, Local Impact

"GENIUS IS IN THE IDEA.  IMPACT, HOWEVER, COMES FROM ACTION!" - Simon Sinek                   Our national impact report showcases the needs of over 50 million Americans living in poverty - unable to afford basic needs like medicine, transportation, health care and food....

President Lyndon B. Johnson

Community Action: Our Beginning

  In the 1960’s, over one fifth of the population was living below the poverty line. They were the invisible poor, unskilled workers, migrant farm workers, minorities, people for whom work was sporadic, demeaning and demoralizing. They were damaged in body and spirit, existing at levels beneath those necessary for...

View from the Field: Home Weatherization

"Now, more than ever, timely & efficient emergency support for our clients is critical. Our Weatherization team continues their work to stabilize our clients and communities throughout Cook County. " We know how challenging this time can be for our clients. While Utility companies are suspending shut-offs, many economically challenged individuals and families...

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides food, education and support for pregnant, breastfeeding and post-partum women, infants and children under the age of 5.

View from the Field: WIC In Action

With over 50 years of experience working in low-income communities, we know now, more than ever, our work is critical to stabilizing the hundreds of thousands of lives we touch every year.  As we settle into our new normal, we know how challenging this time can be for our clients.  Notably...