History

Our History
Good News Partners began in 1976 as our Rogers Park youth and other interested members of our community aspired to a better future. Together, we learned about the struggles of poverty and racism, but also courage and resilience. We realized that for our youth to thrive, our entire community needed to be a place of support and resource. We began then to seek ways to make hope tangible. In 1980 we purchased the Jonquil Hotel, once a haven for drugs, prostitution, and gangs. Since then we have rehabbed hundreds of units of housing, and established a shelter, rental housing, homeownership cooperatives, as well as jobs, tutoring, and youth programs.

Over our history, Good News Partners’ mission has remained constant: to create safe, affordable and reliable housing, and to help build confidence and community simultaneously. Good News Partners (GNP) is a faith-based community organization that strives to bring about conditions in which hope, justice, responsibility, and reconciliation flourish in Chicago’s East Rogers Park North of Howard neighborhood.  GNP provides affordable housing for otherwise homeless families with a step-by-step transition from interim housing to independent living. Our housing options include:

  • New Life Interim Housing, a 36-bed shelter for otherwise homeless women and their children;
  • a large single-room occupancy (SRO), the Jonquil, accommodating 58 families;
  • 2nd stage and GNP subsidized rental housing; and
  • 60 units of co-operative housing affordable for families with low and very low income.

In addition Good News Partners has created programs to support our children and youth to grow in their social, academic and personal capability.  Together, the GNP community works to create an empowering, nurturing environment so positive changes in education and family dynamics can take place in the lives of the children and their parents.

Our Philosophy
Good News Partners is a faith-based, Asset-Based Community Development organization (ABCD), focusing on housing, education, and economic development.  We do not try to fix other people or solve their problems.  Instead, we focus on empowerment and partnership.  We recognize one another’s gifts, talents and experiences and work to enhance each person’s responsibility and potential.

We all have something to teach and much to learn. At Good News Partners we know we all need one another for our community, our city, our nation, our world’s optimal health.

As a faith-based ministry we seek to embody the hope, freedom, opportunity, community, and justice God intends for us all. We welcome everyone -- especially people often discriminated against because of race, gender, economic condition, religion, sexual orientation, or national origins.