CHATHAM — City Council approved a $5 million redevelopment grant for Chatham’s Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network on Wednesday.
The organization moved its operations from Bronzeville to Chatham in 2019, taking over the old Urban Partnership Bank building with an eye on expanding its outreach efforts in underserved areas. That included a partnership with City Colleges of Chicago to develop a career training center for high school students looking to pursue a career in the health care industry.
The money will go toward revamping the group’s Chatham headquarters.
The organization coordinates organ and tissue donations. With people of color making up 58 percent of those on an organ transplant waiting list, and 35 percent of Black Americans on the national kidney transplant list, creating equitable pathways is key, Gift of Hope CEO Harry Wilkins told Block Club in 2019.
The $5 million grant will come from the city’s Department of Planning and Development. Alds. Rod Sawyer (6th) and Michelle Harris (8th) threw their support behind the project during a committee meeting last week, saying the redevelopment would “revitalize the 79th Street corridor.”
The council also approved $4 million in upgrades to two South Side community health centers run by the Chicago Department of Public Health: the clinics at 641 W. 63rd St. and 4314 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
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