Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization

Founded in 1965 by community and religious activists the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) has been an instrument of grassroots democracy in Chicago’s north Kenwood and Oakland communities for nearly 50 years. Historically KOCO consistently led campaigns that increased the resources available to youth families and area residents. KOCO’s early advocacy efforts led to the creation of 400 units of affordable housing a neighborhood high school and the creation of a community-based health care center; which continues to provide vital health care services to families and residents. KOCO’s advocacy and neighborhood planning strategies led to North Kenwood and Oakland’s designation as a community conservation area. Currently KOCO is a multi-issue membership based organization comprised of residents that guide and inform its organizational agenda. KOCO continues to fulfill its commitment to grassroots leadership development by engaging residents in identifying its organizational priorities.

Purpose: for the Chicago Housing Initiative

Purpose: for work in advancing affordable rental housing