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We’re keeping the introduction for our Quarterly Newsletter short, mostly because the basic health and sustainability of our society is on the ballot this Tuesday:

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  Dick Co           Robbie Markus

Quarterly Updates

Affordable Backyard Home Groundbreaking Event

Thank you to all who joined us during the virtual groundbreaking for our affordable (60% AMI) 2-bedroom backyard home in Evanston!

If you missed the groundbreaking live-stream for our accessory dwelling unit (ADU) at 1930 Jackson Ave, you can watch the recording on our YouTube channel!

ADU Ordinance Passed

On September 29, Evanston City Council passed a progressive accessory dwelling unit (ADU) code to expand affordable housing options across our community.

Curious about what you can build with EDC under these new regulations?  Give us a call (847-497-0167), send us an email (, or read our press release!

Given existing research that demonstrates how restrictive land use regulations perpetuate racial segregation, we see these policies as a step towards a more equitable zoning code in Evanston.

ETHS Presentation

This month, we presented at the Evanston Township High School (ETHS) Career Pathway Information Session and shared how EDC uses the word “build” differently than most construction businesses.

Given that the American construction workforce is rapidly aging, we see the need to build up a new generation of “green” construction workers (better yet - cooperative worker-owners!). 


New EDC Board Members

We’re so excited to welcome five new people to our cooperative’s Board of Directors!

Thank you to EDC members Betty Bogg, Bea Echeverria, Kathy Feingold, Dion Jones, and Scott Simpson for stepping up to guide our cooperative’s progress as Board members in the year ahead.

Upcoming Events

Solution Summit for the Housing Crisis

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19  |  4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Virtual Event

We’re excited to share how our multi-stakeholder worker cooperative model can be a new way to address housing affordability and build community wealth.

Beyond EDC, this three-day summit features speakers such as The Color of Law author Richard Rothstein and Minneapolis City Council member Cam Gordon. You can register and learn more here!

Chicagoland Regional Worker Cooperative Convening


As income inequality continues to reach staggering levels in the United States, worker cooperatives provide an economic alternative that puts people before profit.

With a focus on communities of color, this convening aims to provide a space for our region’s worker-owners to exchange ideas, best practices, and resources to support the solidarity economy. Evanston’s Robin Rue Simmons of Sunshine Enterprises will be facilitating one of the sessions!

Sign-up opens after the Nov. 3 election. Register as “going” on Facebook to stay tuned for more details!


Partner Spotlight - HODC

We want to give a shoutout to Housing Opportunity Development Corporation (HODC) - our partners on the affordable ADU at 1930 Jackson Ave! HODC develops, manages, and preserves affordable housing for low and moderate-income households throughout Chicago’s northern suburbs.

Established in 1983, HODC currently operates approximately 350 income-restricted housing units. For our collaboration at 1930 Jackson Avenue, HODC aligned with the EDC vision to utilize the backyard of their existing 2-flat property for affordable housing.

We’re always interested in partnerships with nonprofits like HODC that see innovative ways to use our community’s land to address real housing needs for our residents. Thanks, HODC!

The Bigger Picture

Race & Cooperatives

As Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard writes for Nonprofit Quarterly:

“Let’s begin by exploding a myth: co-op’s can’t be racist, right?”

As a cooperative committed to anti-racism, we agree with the need to dispel this myth. As Nembhard explains in the above article, cooperatives have excluded, harmed, or marginalized BIPOC (Black/Indigenous/People of Color) in the past. Further, especially when considering our cooperative’s work in housing, there are publications which discuss how “race-neutral” housing policies go so far as to exacerbate racial inequities.

This is not to say that cooperatives have never held a progressive role in the pursuit of racial equity. As David J. Thompson writes here, housing cooperatives were on the forefront of the fight for integrated housing in post-WWII America. Moreso, Nembhard has written extensively about the history of cooperative economic thought and practice among African Americans.

With this history in mind, the work towards anti-racism in our country, the worker cooperative ecosystem, and EDC is certainly a present-day issue. Though EDC has started including our cooperative’s racial equity goals in all public presentations, we see the need for our cooperative to step up our focus on race, equity, and inclusivity. To join us in this work, we can all educate ourselves through this list of anti-racist resources. To start, we recommend the podcast series “1619” by Nikole Hannah Jones.

EDC's GoFundMe Campaign

We are grateful to those that have donated to or shared our ongoing GoFundMe Campaign. If you haven’t done so already, we’d appreciate your support!
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