Chicago LGBT Community Needs Assessment to Hold Presentation in Hyde Park

CHICAGO – The LGBT Community Fund, an initiative of The Chicago Community Trust, is pleased to announce a discussion forum and results presentation of the Chicago LGBT Community Needs Assessment at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, 969 East 60 th Street, Chicago, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. To RSVP, please visit, or contact

Conducted by The LGBT Community Fund at The Chicago Community Trust in partnership with Morten Group along with co-sponsors Affinity Community Services, Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus, and the Office of LGBTQ Student Life at the University of Chicago, the event is the third in a series of several data presentations throughout various Chicagoland neighborhoods, and the second to be conducted on the city’s South Side. Needs assessment data was initially released to the public in a press briefing at Howard Brown Health Center on June 27.

The evening will include remarks from representatives of The LGBT Community Fund and Affinity Community Services, followed by an overview of the results and a question-and-answer period with Mary Morten, President, Morten Group and Christina Smith, LCSW, Senior Consultant, Morten Group. Jim Alexander, Co-chair of The LGBT Community Fund, will serve as moderator of the event.

“Serving as a member of the project team was an extraordinary experience,” said Alicia Tellez Vega, Community Engagement Leader, who made opening remarks at the October 2 community results presentation in Pilsen. “The diversity of participants and the wide range of community members represented make the information extremely relevant and powerful.”

The Steering Committee of The LGBT Community Fund, an identity-focused fund of The Chicago Community Trust, commissioned the needs assessment to obtain information on the needs of Chicagoland’s LGBT community in order to allocate funding in a way that effectively addresses those needs. Morten Group conducted the assessment from October through December of 2011 with the assistance of over 60 community partner organizations and individual leaders.