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The Monroe Foundation is a publicly supported not-for-profit community and enterprise development intermediary. We seek to educate, link and fund community development projects within low-income communities in that State of Illinois.

The foundation supports small business start-ups and financing through lending partnerships with Marquette Bank, and US Bank. Our current supporters are Bank of America, Citibank, Marquette Bank, PNC Bank, US Bank, Field Foundation of Illinois, and Woods Fund of Chicago.

We also provide small business development seminars through the small business development “Boot Camp” Program, funded by a grant from Citibank.

The Monroe Foundation
1547 South Wolf Road
Hillside, IL 60162
Phone: 773-315-9720
Email: omonroe@themonroefoundation.org

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“STOP THE S PREAD”WEEKEND DISTRIBUTES 1200 COVID-19 SAFETY KITS!

“STOP THE S PREAD”WEEKEND DISTRIBUTES 1200 COVID-19 SAFETY KITS!

Launched on February 26th in Proviso Township in collaboration with the Proviso Township Mental Health Commission,and again on Saturday, February 27th in Chicago’s Austin community with U.S. Representative Danny K. Davis and CookCounty Commissioner Dennis Deer, the Monroe Foundation distributed over 1200 COVID-19 “Safety Act” kits to agencies serving individuals with disabilities, Continue Reading

Urge Illinois Legislators: Pass COVID-19 Emergency Housing Act

Urge Illinois Legislators: Pass COVID-19 Emergency Housing Act

Our legislators have the chance to pass protections for Illinoisans on the brink of losing their homes. Urge Illinois legislators to support legislation that will expand access to sealing eviction records and temporarily halt certain foreclosure proceedings. The COVID-19 Emergency Housing Act will: Create directions and requirements to ensure that people with the lowest incomes… Continue Reading

“STOP THE SPREAD”: THE BLACK STAR PROJECT LAUNCHES ACCESS COLLABORATIVE EQUITY (ACE) PROJECT

“STOP THE SPREAD”: THE BLACK STAR PROJECT LAUNCHES ACCESS COLLABORATIVE EQUITY (ACE) PROJECT

The pilot launch of Access Collaborative Equity (ACE), a collaborative led by The Black Star Project, and partners the Christopher D. Redding Youth Asthma Foundation, People Empowering People (PEP), Say”Yes” to Life, Virtue and Voilure, and Action Coalition of Englewood, successfully assisted seven (7) Englewood residents in signing up for the COVID-19 vaccinations at the Englewood Miles Square Department of Health Continue Reading

GET CLEARED ILLINOIS RAP SHEET DAY PRESENTATIONS

GET CLEARED ILLINOIS RAP SHEET DAY PRESENTATIONS

The Get Cleared Campaign of the Monroe Foundation is an initiative designed to create a pathway for the tens of thousands of returning citizens whose rap sheets and expungement records hold them back from acquiring jobs, homes and other economic opportunities. Continue Reading