Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation
Membership
 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does membership cost?

Membership is divided into three categories:

  • Individuals who live or work in our Target Area.* ($3 per year or $7 for three years)
  • Organizations who have their principal place of business in our Target Area. ($10 per year or $25 for three years)
  • Any individual or organization outside our Target Area.  This category does not have voting privileges. ($15 per year)

Our target area* is bounded by Cicero to the West, Belmont to the North, Clybourn to the East continuing to Ashland south to the Kennedy Expressway, and Kinzie to the South.

Does membership mean I’m automatically on the waiting lists?

Membership does not place you on Bickerdike’s waiting lists automatically.  However, Bickerdike members are ALWAYS notified FIRST when waiting lists do open.  

Why is it named Bickerdike?

When early developers were laying claim to areas of land in the 1800’s, a man by the name of George Bickerdike laid claim to a large area of WestTownship.  The founders of Bickerdike named our organization after George Bickerdike with the idea that we would be engaged in the redevelopment of this area.  There is a subdivision in the area and a small park at 1461 W. Ohio named after George Bickerdike.

What are the benefits of membership?

  • Notification of waiting list openings for Bickerdike apartments or homes
  • An invitation to Bickerdike’s Annual Membership Meeting
  • Strong relationship development with fellow residents and community members
  • A forum to voice your opinions about development and other issues in the area
  • Informative updates through a Newsletter regarding important Bickerdike and community issues
  • The opportunity to build leadership skills by participating on Bickerdike’s various committees
  • Eligibility to vote on resolutions regarding Bickerdike’s direction>
  • Eligibility to nominate, vote on and run for Bickerdike’s Board of Directors

Do you have senior/emergency housing?

Although many seniors do live in our housing, Bickerdike does not have any exclusively senior housing or any emergency housing.

When is the membership meeting?

Each December, we host our Annual Membership Meeting.  This year’s event will be held on Saturday, December 5. Bickerdike members are also invited to events such as open houses, groundbreakings and other special events.

How do I become a resident?

Well, first, are you applying for affordable market priced housing or subsidized, Section 8 housing?  If you’re interested in one of our non section 8 affordable market rate apartments,   while most of those waiting lists are closed, you can visit our Property Management office at 2546 W. North Avenue and complete an application right now as we do have a small number of those apartments currently available.  Open waiting lists close as soon as we receive the maximum number of applicants.

If you are interested in our Section 8 housing, you need to wait until we open up our waiting lists.  Our Property Management office can put you on their “interested persons’ list, as well.  But, if you join Bickerdike, you are ALWAYS notified when waiting lists open up.  

When will I get my first mailing?

It depends on what activities are going on with Bickerdike.  After you return your membership application and fee and your membership is approved by the Board of Directors, we will begin to send you information on all of our programs and initiatives, as well as our newsletter.   

What is the community area?

Bickerdike is committed to the redevelopment of the West Town, Humboldt Park, Logan Square and Hermosa communities.  Our Target Area is bounded by Kinzie (South) and Diversey (North), and The Kennedy Expressway (East) to Cicero (West).

No.  In order to be eligible for membership, applicants must only be approved by Bickerdike’s Board of Directors and be in agreement with the Bickerdike mission.   However, members outside the community may not vote.

Where does my membership fee go?

Your membership fee goes toward helping to cover the costs of Bickerdike’s work.  It also helps fund the Annual Membership Meeting.

Why does Bickerdike need members?

Bickerdike is a community-based organization and relies on its members to be involved in and guide our work.  Member involvement is vital to our continued success and our ability to respond to community needs.

Get involved.  We look forward to hearing from you and hope you will take advantage of the many committee activities and forums in which to voice your opinions and work toward building a better community.

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