Residential Workforce Development

Housing is violence prevention. To support that reality, Lawndale Christian Legal Center will begin construction of a $17 million center where clients will live and receive job skills to transition to homeownership in fall of 2022.

The K-Town residential workforce development center, 1441 S. Keeler Ave., will house 20 young men from North Lawndale who either have pending or completed cases in the Circuit Court of Cook County. The 20 housing units will feature a private bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette. There will be shared space for socializing and meetings, a commercial kitchen, dining area, a computer room and laundry room. Each resident will live at the center, which will be officially named at a later date, for one to three years.


“This is violence prevention in Chicago. With this $17 million investment in our neighborhood, we will create a new environment for young men to thrive and change the trajectory of their lives,” LCLC Executive Director Cliff Nellis said.


Learn more in the press release here.


WGN coverage of LCLC’s Ground-Breaking Party on August 6, 2022


LCLC’s Transform Justice Talk – Solutions for Summer: Violence Deletion in the City of Chicago


LCLC’s Wake Up Justice Breakfast 2022


Building Dedication Campaign

Before the close of 2022, we will have a shovel in the ground and will begin construction on our K-Town Project, a project that will bring sustainable wrap around services to our clients.

  • Over 20 residential beds for clients facing housing insecurity
  • Workforce Development + Job Training
  • Holistic Restorative Programs

With over $10 million dollars committed to the project, we don’t anticipate the need for a full-blown capital campaign. Therefore, we are inviting those close to the history and work of LCLC to give operational support towards the spaces throughout our new building to be dedicated in your name.

Building Dedication Levels:

  • $1,000 Violence Prevention Brick
  • $5,000 Distinguished Donor Wall
  • $10,000 Legacy Parking Spot
  • $25,000 Tree of Justice in Courtyard
  • $50,000 Restorative Justice Basketball Court
  • $75,000 Dorm Room (20)
  • $100,000 Department Room (4)
  • $250,000 Specialty Room (4)
  • $500,000 Floor (3)
  • $2,000,000 Building (1)