Su Casa Catholic Worker Community has been active in Chicago’s south side Back of the Yards neighborhood for over 25 years, serving some of the city’s most vulnerable families and individuals including refugees, survivors of torture, and survivors of domestic violence. The community consists of ‘workers’ and ‘guests’ living cooperatively in the campus of a former Franciscan Friary with a shelter for families experiencing homelessness as well as a soup kitchen.
There is another building on Su Casa’s campus that’s been vacant for several years, but holds tremendous potential for rehabilitation as a community center, office building, and/or communal living space. The “Press Building,” was the original home of the Franciscan Herald, published by the Friars who formerly inhabited Su Casa’s grounds. Today the nearly 3,000 square foot building needs some repairs to plumbing, walls, bathrooms, and kitchen prior to being revitalized. However, Su Casa is seeking partner non-profit organization(s) to reimagine the future of the building and expand the mission of the Su Casa Community.
In responding to this Request For Proposals (RFP) individuals and organizations have the opportunity to expand their own operations into a large, historic building with a dozen office spaces, a conference room, 4 bathrooms, a kitchen, and substantial outdoor space. Su Casa is willing to consider alternative rent payments under a potential lease, including tenants’ desire to fund building improvements in lieu of rent payments.