West Side Forward

Bethel New Life aims to bring an end to decades of concentrated poverty on Chicago’s West Side through strategic and cooperative community transformation investments. We plan to achieve this by initiating a new era in our community development efforts through a strategy of investments that focus on:

  • Building a self-sustaining West Side economy that is connected to the larger regional economy.
  • Strengthening community capacity to benefit from investment.
  • Creating opportunities to bring individuals and families out of poverty.
  • Supporting policies and systems that help communities thrive.


Visit our West Side Forward micro-site to download a copy of our full report outlining the background, challenges and potential solutions we are proposing to bring about these changes.