Collaboration

At Brinshore, we pride ourselves on building more than just homes. We build communities. The spirit of engagement and openness that characterizes Brinshore developments begins with the planning process, and continues on long after construction is complete. We approach every development as a collaboration, partnering with community organizations, neighbors, government and other stakeholders to deliver the very best product possible. These partnerships take many forms, depending on the needs and priorities at hand. Some of our favorite recent examples include:

Supportive Service Providers: The Anixter Center, Bridgeway and Thresholds — organizations that serve people with special needs — have worked with us to provide housing for people with disabilities.  We are also assisting Sarah’s Circle build permanent and interim housing for homeless women.

Governments: The cities of Evanston, Illinois and Lafayette, Indiana engaged Brinshore to implement their federally-funded Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) plans, acquiring, rehabbing and re-selling vacant and foreclosed homes. Brinshore has worked closely with housing authorities in Chicago, Champaign and Peoria, Illinois and Indianapolis, Indiana.  We are also partnering with the Cities of Norfolk, Omaha and Salt Lake City to redevelop troubled housing sites.

Non-Profit Housing Organizations: The Homestead Group, which develops affordable single family homes in downstate Illinois, partnered with Brinshore to develop the Crystal View community in Champaign.  We have also been working with the Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP) to revitalize their community by acquiring and rehabbing key residential and commercial buildings.

Local Developers: As part of our work in the Milwaukee market, Brinshore enrolled in a special mentorship program sponsored by the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA), through which we selected emerging entrepreneur Melissa Goins as our protégé – who has come to be recognized as one of the region’s most dynamic mission-driven developers.  We have done similar mentorships with Imagine Group on KLEO Art Residences and with the Index Group on Villard Square.

Institutions: In Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood, we’ve partnered with Sinai Health Systems in developing land around their hospital facility to provide quality, affordable workforce housing.  We are also working with the Urban Land Conservancy in Denver to develop mixed income housing adjacent to transit nodes.

Arts Organizations: At Hairpin Lofts, we’ve collaborated with The Logan Square Arts Center Foundation to provide artists’ housing and a dynamic arts-related community space for the neighborhood.  We have also worked closely with the Rebuild Foundation and Theaster Gates at Dorchester Art and Housing Collaborative to effectively combine artist housing and public housing.

Urban Agriculture: Brinshore works closely with non-profit organizations that include the Chicago Botanic Garden and City Farms to incorporate community gardens, barrier-free landscape design, urban farming and the green jobs and educational opportunities that accompany these initiatives into many of our developments.

Community Residents:
At Clybourn 1200, Brinshore partnered with a local community resident organization to build capacity and insure community involvement.