Power of Place is the capital campaign for the redevelopment of the last remaining building of the former Jane Addams Homes at 1322 West Taylor Street. This is a 47,000 square foot building, deeded by HUD to the Museum in late 2017 for its new and permanent home. The Chicago Housing Authority and HUD agreed to save this one building from demolition as a future site for residents’ stories and history of public housing - the result of a decade of activism by housing residents. To date staff and the board have successfully raised over $4 million and are actively soliciting the remaining $12.5 million needed to fully fund this project.
Often, we are told that this is a museum that is exactly right for these times. Formally organized in 2007 as a cultural initiative dedicated to advancing the belief that housing is a human right, the Museum is a site of conscience - a historically significant site that links the past with today’s most urgent social issues. Its mission is to preserve, promote, and propel the right of all people to a place where they can live and prosper - a place to call home.
The Museum is the only cultural institution devoted to telling the story of public housing in the United States. To fulfill our mission, we actively collect oral histories from former public housing residents and plan an Entrepreneurship Hub to foster economic development amongst former residents, and others. We participate in and host events and exhibits rooted in social justice, including the very successful recent exhibit, hosted at our offices, and titled History Lessons.
For more information about our plans, the campaign, or to make a contribution - please contact Director of Development, Sue Enright at email@example.com.