Lionel Nixon, Executive Director National Association of Section 3 Companies A Not For Profit Corporation
Flashback: “I Must Be The Greatest”
My early encounter in my youth with my friend and hero Muhammad Ali . This is where I learned about the uppercut punch. I was about 14 years old and they let me hang out at the gym. I used to watch Muhammad Ali workout and engage with him during the mid and late 1960s at Mr. Johnny Coulon’s Boxing Gym on east 63rd Street, who was World Bantamweight World Champion in 1910.
My contact with Ali continued until I left one year after graduating from high school in 1969 to attend Wittenberg University in Springfield Ohio. Believe this or not Ali would meet some of us young people at a nearby vacant lot and from a distance he would have each of us one at a time throw rocks at him as a part of his training. That’s when I met the late, great Jabir Herbert Muhammad of which later on done the line, I would do some very good things at the South Shore Country Club. Never saw him get hit as he cleverly moved quickly to avoid our best efforts to hit him. He then would meet us at Nicky’s Pizza in the Plaza at 53rd and Woodlawn in Hyde Park and treat us to pizza.(no pork) To me he became like a big brother. I still look up to him today. <p>He used to tell us that he couldn’t chew his food like he should because he ate too much candy when he was our age and encouraged us not do the same, to stay in school, study, exercise daily, run, lift weights, don’t eat pork and think about your future; what you want to be and start doing and learning things that will get you there. I was going to pursue boxing but somebody gave me a basketball and I started playing for the “Golden Spurs’ basketball team at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club” under Les Vant and Walter Cuningham, then Hyde Park High School and Harvard ST. George College Preparatory School.
Ali told me “Don’t try to be someone else, Caz (my Flashback: This is where I learned about the uppercut punch. Flashback, I was about 14 years old and they let me hang out at the gym. I used to watch Muhammad Ali workout and engage with him during the mid and late 1960s at Mr. Johnny Coulon’s Boxing Gym on east 63rd Street, who was World Bantamweight World Champion in 1910.
My contact with Ali continued until I left one year after graduating from high school in 1969 to attend Wittenberg University in Springfield Ohio. Believe this or not Ali would meet some of us young people at a nearby vacant lot and from a distance he would have each of us one at a time throw rocks at him as a part of his training. That’s when I met the late, great Jabir Herbert Muhammad of which later on done the line, I would do some very good things at the South Shore Country Club. Never saw him get hit as he cleverly moved quickly to avoid our best efforts to hit him. He then would meet us at Nicky’s Pizza in the Plaza at 53rd and Woodlawn in Hyde Park and treat us to pizza.
To me he became like a big brother. I still look up to him today. he used to tell us that he couldn’t chew his food like he should because he ate too much candy when he was our age and encouraged us not do the same, to stay in school, study, exercise daily, run, lift weights, don’t eat pork and think about your future; what you want to be and start doing and learning things that will get you there. I was going to pursue boxing but somebody gave me a basketball and I started playing for the “Golden Spurs’ basketball team at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club” under Les Vant and Walter Cuningham, then Hyde Park High School and Harvard ST. George College Preparatory School.
Ali told me “Don’t try to be someone else, Caz (my nick name), you’re good at basketball so play basketball.” Ali attended some of my basketball games at Harvard’s ST. George and people paid more attention to him than the basketball game. In 1968 I made the Chicago All City Chicago High School Prep Basketball First Team and was the most valuable player in the nation in the Lutheran Athletic Association Basketball Program, my team Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park which won the national championship in which I hit the winning shot with one second left on the clock.
I am having a positive affect at a very young age that Muhammad Ali had on me in building my confidence and having such a great friend to look up too. It all started at the late, great Johnny Coulon’s gym in Woodlawn. name), you’re good at basketball so play basketball.” Ali attended some of my basketball games at Harvard’s ST. George and people paid more attention to him than the basketball game. In 1968 I made the Chicago can All City Chicago High School Prep Basketball First Team and was the most valuable player in the nation in the Lutheran Athletic Association Basketball Program, my team Augustina Lutheran Church of Hyde Park which won the national championship in which I hit the winning shot with one second left on the clock. I am so appreciative of the positive affect at a very young age that Muhammad Ali had on me in building my confidence and having such a great friend to look up too. It all started at the late, great Johnny Coulon’s gym in Woodlawn.
Sketches from the memorial service of my friend the late, great Attorney Lewis Myers Jr.
The knowledge, friendship, mentoring and help that I received from Lew and two of our mutual good friends the late Attorneys Michael Wayne Smith and E. Duke McNeil has been invaluable beyond any words that I can think of that would adequately describe it.
Although I’m not the only one I must admit this one hurt. Lew’s Legacy will continue forever and at every difficult moment in my quest to speak truth to power I will be strengthened by his example, memory, presence and what I learned from him.
I know a lot of people across this great City of Chicago, State of Illinois, the Region and Country. I’m working with a team undertaking the mission to assist, partner, advocate and assure that the intent of Congress is carried out to the greatest extent possible, to employ, obtain training, contracts and other economic benefits for millions of low and very low income citizens across the United States under Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act 1968, as amended.
It’s the law!
Federal Public Law
(12 USC S 1701u)
Code of Federal Regulations
24CFR Part 75
24CFR Part 963
This public information gives you a snapshot of what the budget looks like relative to the categories in particular however the enactment of the American Recovery Act by Congress under the President Joe Biden and HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge Administration revisions have been made adding 9 billion dollars making the budget much more highly impactful.
1. For public housing financial assistance, the benchmark for Section 3 workers is set at 25 percent or more of the total number of labor hours worked by all workers employed with public housing financial assistance in the PHA’s or other recipient’s fiscal year. The benchmark for Targeted Section 3 workers is set at 5 percent or more of the total number of labor hours worked by all workers employed with public housing financial assistance in the PHA’s or other recipient’s fiscal year. This means that the 5 percent is included as part of the 25 percent threshold.
For housing and community development financial assistance projects, the benchmark for Section 3 workers is set at 25 percent or more of the total number of labor hours worked by all workers on a
Section 3 project. The benchmark for Targeted Section 3 workers is set at 5 percent or more of the total number of labor hours worked by all workers on a Section 3 project. This means that the 5 percent is included as part of the 25 percent threshold.
2. Award to Section 3 business concerns at least ten percent (10%) of the total dollar amount of all Section 3 covered contracts for building trades work; and 3. Award to Section 3 business concerns at least three percent (3%) of the total dollar amount of all Section 3 covered contracts for non-construction work. There are billions of dollars that have been allocated for this federal entitlement program to every State, County, City, Township, Village and Unincorporated Territory. No new money is needed.
Housing Provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 COVID-19 has exacerbated our nation’s already severe housing affordability crisis. Today, 1 in 5 renters is behind on rent and just over 10 million homeowners are behind on mortgage payments. People of color face even greater hardship and are more likely to have deferred or missed payments, putting them at greater risk of eviction and foreclosure. At the same time, our nation’s homelessness crisis has worsened during the pandemic, as people experiencing homelessness are highly vulnerable to COVID-19 transmission, illness, and severity due to their use of congregate shelters and their high prevalence of underlying health conditions.
The Biden-Harris Administration has made delivering housing relief a top priority. Recently, the administration announced a coordinated extension and expansion of forbearance and foreclosure relief
programs, an important step towards building stronger and more equitable communities. To bolster these efforts, Congress has passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to deliver more aid to people struggling to pay their rent or mortgage. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 includes a number of provisions, to be administered by HUD and other agencies, to provide immediate and direct relief to help people across America remain stably housed during the pandemic.
Specifically, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 provides:
• Emergency rental assistance. The legislation provides more than $21.5 billion in emergency rental assistance, to be administered by Treasury, to help millions of families keep up on their rent and remain in their homes.
• Homeowner Assistance Fund. The legislation provides nearly $10 billion, to be administered by Treasury, to help homeowners behind on their mortgage and utility payments and avoid
foreclosure and eviction.
• Emergency housing vouchers. The legislation provides $5 billion for emergency housing
vouchers for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of
• Homelessness assistance and supportive services program. The legislation provides $5 billion for the HOME Investment Partnerships Program to help create housing and services for citizens at risk to homelessness.
Section 3 program regulations are required by law to “the greatest extent feasible” to be applied to recipients of HUD funding covered by Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968. Direct recipients include public housing authorities that manage low-rent units, entitlement communities and states that receive annual formula allocations from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership Program, Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids (HOPWA) Program, states and territories that receive assistance for disaster recovery, owners of projects converted under Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) that undertake capital improvements, lead abatement and other HUD NOFA Grantees.
Some examples of economic opportunities that are available under Section 3 are:
Any employment resulting from these expenditures, including administration, management, clerical support, and construction, is subject to compliance with Section 3.
Examples of economic opportunities for a combined 10% total aggregate budgeted allocation of Federal funding for any contract business activity for low or very low income citizens operating Section 3 Business concerns include but are not limited too:
Accounting Computer/Information Iron Works Plastering
Cement/Masonry Heating Photography and Media
The program is not driven by race, gender or other protected class but by income. Discrimination is prohibited by Title Vl of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended and there are penalties for violations.
“Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the United States Department of Education are covered by Title VI.” A significant number of beneficiary’s will be Black Americans.
Painful debate this morning on the Ernesto D. Borges Borges & Mark Wallace show on WVON. Dropped off copies of the South Shore Current to Mark Wallace yesterday at the Old School picnic in Jackson Park, where a least 20 thousand African Americans turned out, on one of the two proposed geographic location of the Obama Presidential Library Center!
Is the $1.5 million dollar investment in the Chatham Alliance community development initiative, represents established African American leadership acceptance of the Negro share of patronage politics from the democratic machine that is controlled by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Michael Madigan and John Cullerton, enough to begin to break the cycle of poverty in Chicago’s African American communities? I don’t think so….
Are most African American men in Chicago gang affiliated? I don’t think so….So while murder and mayhem rules in inner city black neighborhoods, the south lakefront region of Chicago is being redeveloped as a major outdoor recreational area anchored by McCormick Place, the new DePaul Stadium and new hotel on 22nd Street in Bronzeville, three new bridges to the lakefront at 35th Street, 41st Street and 43rd Street. A new tax payer funded, private boat harbor named after Margaret Burroughs at 31st Street.
Hyde Park is now overbuilt, anchored by the University of Chicago’s ownership of Harper Court, where the Obama Presidential Library Foundation has ensconced itself in a new high rise building owned by the University of Chicago, while planning to control both Washington Park and Jackson Park in their insidious urban campus expansion strategy. University of Chicago with the cooperation of elected officials who are alumni of the University of Chicago, now controls redevelopment of 61st from Cottage Grove to Michigan Avenue and 55th Street from King Drive to the Dan Ryan expressway.
This sustained University of Chicago’s spatial deconcentrating plan, launched in the 1940’s by Prof. Anthony Downs has taken control of traditional African American south lakefront communities of Bonneville, Grand Boulevard, Washington Park and Woodlawn, with an African American President in the White House….Black people in Chicago have been bamboozled and systematically disenfranchised by some of our own so-called black elected officials!
Dr. Edgar Daniel “E D” Nixon
Dr. Edgar Daniel “E D” Nixon pictured here with his very close friend, confidant and advisor Reverend Dr. Adam Clayton Powell jr. speaking to a large audience of supporters at Madison Square Garden in New York City. This is an excerpt of his remarks there. “I’m from Montgomery, Alabama, a city that’s known as the Cradle of the Confederacy, that had stood still for more than ninety-three years until Rosa L. Parks was arrested and thrown in jail like a common criminal…. Fifty thousand people rose up and caught hold to the Cradle of the Confederacy and began to rock it till the Jim Crow rockers began to reel and the segregated slats began to fall out.” The United States Supreme Court ruled in the related case, Browder v. Gayle (1956), that the local and state laws were unconstitutional, and ordered the state to end bus segregation.
On November 13, 1956 the United States Supreme Court ruled in the Broader vs Gayle etal City of Montgomery bus segregation case that the requirement that Blacks, (actually and more properly American Black citizens) to ride on the back of buses was unconstituonal! Whose idea was it to boycott the bus company and “never ride the buses again until the practice and segregation laws were defeated? Who raised the money for the lawsuit filing fee. Whose house was totally bombed January 31, 1956 the day before February 1, 1956 he and Attorney Fred Gray would file the lawsuit in Federal court inspite of the bombing. ANSWER: Dr. Edgar Daniel “E. D.” Nixon my grandfather
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Executive Director, Inner City Youth Foundation Inc. 4500 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, Illinois Lionel Nixon, 312 918 2974
The Datrell Davis Memorial 28th Year Anniversary
A Recommitment to Saving Our Children and Renewing the Historic Chicago Citywide Gang Truce Keynote Speaker And Governor Ms. Arnett Freeman An Intergenerational Exchange With The Purpose:
To Produce A New Citywide Gang Truce for Chicago Youth to Stop the Shooting and The Killing In Our Neighborhoods. Passing the Batton, Sharing the History, Of Why, How, And Showing That It Has and Can Be Done Again. “If you can do it once you can do it twice!” Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm Swift Mansion 4500 S. Michigan Ave Limited Seating; Light Refreshments; Social Distancing Will Be Observed; Donations Appreciated.
For more information and to RSVP contact Mr. Maurice Perkins, Executive Director at the Inner-City Youth and Adult Foundation Inc. An Illinois 501 C3 Not for Profit Corporation founded in 1974 (773) 715 4280
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The Housing Crisis Remains to Fix It
CCNews Media National & International Correspondent
There are Regional and National residual effects up until this very day from the 2008 mortgage crisis. An issue of public policy. “We need public pressure so that locally”, intergovernmental they” can do something about the fact that Black homeownership has fallen to 42%; 29% + less than those of similarly situated United States citizens of European descent. This is an, early, very conservative data estimate that extends and applies to homeowners who Americans of African descent in Chicago and across the United States; consequently who have loss over half of their wealth due to the loss of their homes: “due to circumstances beyond the Mortgagor’s control”. There were very few forbearance agreements or mortgage modifications provided as relief particularly to Black homeowners.
To the best of my knowledge and belief, very few of the Mortgagee perpetrators were criminally punished. There were Mortgagees and Banks who were found guilty of poor single-family loan servicing practices and some even fraudulent loan servicing practices of whom made civil agreements with the government and paid civil fines to the United States Treasury without any restitution to the victim homeowners.
This problem was not totally the fault of former President Barack Obama; the policy decisions as to how and under what circumstances government housing policy oversight mechanisms to stop the recession were developed, legislated, regulated, issued, and implemented across many different areas of government and the private sector by Congress.
If Obama had done nothing the entire economy would have crashed. It was a tough choice. But the United States remains real. Help is needed now. Laying aside excuses, my concern now is to get attention for my people in Chicago and other places across the state of Illinois, Missouri, and the nation, who are suffering and losing their homes. They are expecting me to call attention to this matter because of my knowledge and training along with my experience in housing. Personally, I like President Obama, we just have some political differences.
This is not about partisan politics or name-calling but drawing attention to the fact the United States government has some obligation to help and fix this problem. With one stroke of the pin, it could be fixed this year l 2020. Therefore the Trump Administration is responsible for fixing this problem highly impacting Black American homeowners. Joe Biden is responsible for repairing and proposing a plan on his platform for fixing the problem. To whom much is given much is required.
The problems must be fixed!
The Physics of Love Eternal
A poem by LionelNixon
You Beloved, made your transition from this physical world.
Love, a quantum vibration frequency of electromagnetic particles, feelings,
travels through and beyond the universe carrying from within my heart; my memory, soul; my very being.
“Messages” between just us.
No matter who, when, why where, how, or what in this world happens my love reaches its’ destination every day.
We are entangled forever,
“The quantum effect of entanglement, in which two or more particles can become “entangled” so that even after they are separated in space when an action is performed on one particle, the other particle responds immediately.”
You told me while you were here that “We have a life connection.” You helped me in so many ways that are unforgettable.
I can’t see you anymore but I can feel you. I miss you and yet I receive your messages too daily.
The “Quarks” and “Hadrons” of Love, Communicating, Encouragement, and Universal Divine and Intelligent Wisdom from You, beloved that keeps me going and more focused on my purpose every day.
In the Quantum realm of the “Degrees of Freedom” we share for all eternity in the “Dark Matter”, beyond the Stars, where the Universal God is busy with the Blessing Business, Our Love and Connection Shines Forever!
Remembering The Late Reverend Dr. Charles Koen
Excerpt from the Historic Images Outlet
In “1980 PRESS PHOTO CHARLES KOEN PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD PLATFORM.”
This hurt. A little about this late great brother and friend. There is so much more! REV. DR. CHARES KOEN was A life-long resident of Illinois, born August 7, 1945, in Cairo. Transition July 20, 2018. He and his wife, Clydia have been married 50 years and are the parents to 4 adult children and 10 grandchildren. Rev. Koen has spent most of his life as an activist for civil and human rights having been baptized into the movement at the young age of 16.
During the summer of 1962, he courageously organized and led other youth with the help of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to stand against racial segregation and injustices that existed in Cairo. This action was the beginning of a life of commitment to bring hope and a better quality of life to those who were suffering from poverty and discrimination brought on by long-standing practices of racial and class oppression.
For the next 52 years, Rev. Koen lived his life organizing a broad movement with a spiritual philosophy focused on developing programs that would serve the whole person –programs that had a mission as stated in the Gospel of John 25th Chapter, verses 35-36. He would use his leadership and organizing skills to work with others through a number of organizations to accomplish the mission as established by that in the 25th Chapter of Matthew. These organizations included:
The Cairo Nonviolent Freedom Committee-9-10-62 to 9-12-68-Youth Leader
National United Front-03-10-1969-President; Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s Operation Bread Basket-03-04-70; Southern Christian Leadership Conference-Vice President (Midwest Region)-04-05-71; National Association of Neighborhoods-04-12-80-President
Rural America-Executive Board Member-09-10-1982, One Church-One Child-05-1980
McKendree University-09-1963 to 06-1966
Northeastern Illinois University-09-1980 to 06-1982(BS Degree)
Southern Illinois University-09-1982 to 06-1984(MS Degree)
Union Graduate School of Experimental Education-09-1984 to 09-1988(Ph.D. of Philosophy)
Appointed by President Jimmy Carter to Rural America Board. Ran as a Democratic Candidate for Governor of the State of Illinois. Rest in Peace and Power!
A Community Benefits Agreement Now
By: Lionel B. Nixon; National and International Correspondent CCNewsMedia
A Community Benefits Agreement sometimes described as a: “Memorandum Of Understanding” does not have to be done with one particular group or organization. It does not have to be done with several groups or organizations. A Community Benefits Agreement can be a signed document to the communities and neighborhoods at-large. A Community Benefits Agreement can be used as a written measuring tool to evaluate and assess progress on outcomes and on proposed goals and objectives.
Laying aside all excuses, placing one’s signature on a document establishing specific items, measured goals, objectives and outcomes that can be evaluated by the community for everyone to see is the key to establishing an instrument that provides ultimate clarity and transparency protecting not only the people in the communities and the neighborhoods of the city of Chicago but also the signer relative to what specifically is to be accomplished environmentally, economically, culturally and in the interests of fairness, parity safeguards against gentrification and protection of the neighborhoods from undo harm.
With a community benefits agreement, you have the capacity to make adjustments based upon written criteria if the benchmarks to the established goals, objectives, and outcomes that have have been promised fall off track.
If there is no hidden agenda, no hidden information, or pre-promised protected business interests then there should not be a problem signing a document that is written precisely on what the benefits, environmental impact, economic impact, and neighborhood stabilization outcomes are intended for the homeowners and renters.
So the political question and battle over the next two years will be why wouldn’t Barack Obama, a former community organizer himself not want to sign such a document with the whole world watching? Keep “Moving Forward”!
Don’t just “Move On”. A hint to the wise is sufficient. Lionel Nixon, President
Illinois Consortium On Public Affordable Disabled And Senior Housing
President, Emeritus Coalition To Save South Shore Country Club Park Inc.