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SSMMA’s planning, transportation, housing and economic development efforts contribute to long-term vitality and regional growth.


SSMMA is a partner and a resource for local governments that want to improve housing in their communities.


SSMMA is committed to plans and projects that enhance the region’s transportation and mobility systems.


SSMMA helps leverage technologies in the region that support the demands of business, education and local government.

Regional Quality of Life

SSMMA creates, promotes and delivers consensus-backed, regional solutions that make our communities more livable and protect or enhance our natural environment.

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NHS Neighborhood Heroes: Chicago Southland Housing & Community Development Collaborative

October 22, 2014 – 3:48 pm | 14 views
Lakeshia Wright accepts Neighborhood Hero Award at NHS's annual meeting.

Lakeshia Wright accepts a Neighborhood Hero Award on behalf of “The Collaborative” at NHS’s annual meeting and leadership awards event..

Neighborhood Housing Services recognized SSMMA’s Chicago Southland Housing & Community Development Collaborative with a Neighborhood Hero award at their annual meeting and leadership recognition event. See the nomination video here. NHS new president Kristin Faust was also welcomed at the Oct. 21st event that  kicked-off  kick off NHS’s 40th anniversary. It was held at the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago.

The Chicago Southland Housing & Community Development Collaborative (The Collaborative) works in conjunction with the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, Metropolitan Planning Council, and others to address housing issues. The Collaborative is a liaison for the group of 24 municipalities in Southern Cook County and Northern Will County that work together to address regional housing issues. Recently, The Collaborative implemented a new initiative, Housing Plus, which connects housing, workforce training, and other resource services. The Collaborative has been successful in securing $29.5 million in public funding, $4.5 million in private capital, and $466,000 in philanthropic investments, all of which has had a tremendous impact in the Southland. These initiatives were spearheaded by two unique and creative women who value the vision of the Southland community, Janice Morrissey and Lakeshia Wright. Both of these women have distinct expertise in regional planning and have connected organizations to clearly define their interests and missions through innovative strategies. They serve The Collaborative with devotion and a level of dedication that goes beyond the scope of the job.

Lakeshia and Janice accept NHS award

Lakeshia Wright and Janice Morrissy are recognized on behalf of “The Collaborative” at NHS’s annual meeting on Oct. 21, 2014.

Tribune to buy Post-Tribune, Southtown Star and other suburban papers

October 22, 2014 – 2:05 pm | 14 views

In a tectonic shift in the local media landscape, Chicago’s leading media observer is reporting the parent company of the Sun-Times plans to sell to rival Chicago Tribune all its suburban newspapers, including the Post-Tribune …

Suburban Chicago homebuilders talking about land again

October 21, 2014 – 8:47 pm | 17 views

Dirt is starting to catch the attention of suburban homebuilders again.
With their 2014 construction season winding down, the area’s large builders continue to pick up the lots of fallen competitors in established subdivisions, but they …

Bond rating diversity reflects differences in south suburbs

October 20, 2014 – 2:55 pm | 22 views

Each individual south suburban community faces a different set of financial and debt-related challenges. Some have addressed those challenges better than others in recent years.
Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s are worldwide financial services and ratings …

Oct. 29: Janice Morrissy retirement gathering

October 17, 2014 – 7:20 pm | 22 views

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Nov. 5: Senate bill regarding school funding discussions

October 17, 2014 – 5:08 pm | 60 views
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Illinois Reps. William Davis, Thaddeus Jones and Napoleon Harris, III invite elected officials, school board members and the general public to meetings to discuss SB16, which amends the School Code in regard to the distribution …

Five Southland communities to receive local technical assistance from CMAP

October 17, 2014 – 4:15 pm | 49 views
Five Southland communities to receive local technical assistance from CMAP

Five Southland communities will receive staff assistance or grants to drive implementation of the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan, CMAP officials announced Oct. 16 in a press release.
Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program projects include …

Nov. 12: IL 394 / IL 1 Corridor Study public meeting

October 17, 2014 – 3:11 pm | 39 views

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SPC News

October 16, 2014 – 7:01 pm | 21 views
SPC News

By Rita Kueny:
SPC Terminates Heavy Duty Fire Apparatus Contract
On Tuesday, the Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) Governing Board voted unanimously to decline awarding any further contract extensions with Global Emergency Products/Pierce of Aurora for the Pierce …