House of Cards



While 2008 made us aware of the housing crisis, with the improvements in the economy the assumption is that the crisis is over. The reality is, people are still challenging loss of home.


House of Cards: Rebuilding is the first presentation of a work-in-progress exhibition featuring the personal stories of community members who are struggling to save their homes. The narratives include families confronting foreclosure, forced displacement and other threats to our human right housing. Through photographs, short films, and research information, this new work allows us to learn how our neighbors are dealing with these threats and meet the organizations they are working with to confront these challenges.


The House of Cards: Rebuilding exhibition was generously supported in part by the Pierce Family Foundation and Peter Kupferberg


Presented in partnership with the National Low Income Housing Coalition.




House of Cards: Confronting the Housing Crisis

April 29, 2015 | 625 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago

Special thanks to speakers Frank Avellone, Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing; Kevin Jackson, Chicago Rehab Network Chicago Rehab Network; Charles Leeks, National Public Housing Museum National Public Housing Museum; James Rudyk, Northwest Side Housing Center Northwest Side Housing Center (NWSHC); Britt Shawver, Housing Opportunities for Women Housing Opportunities for Women; and Janet Smith, University of Illinois Chicago Voorhees Center UIC Voorhees Center.


House of Cards: Rebuilding – Open House

April 18, 2015 | 625 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago


House of Cards: Rebuilding

April 8, 2015 | 625 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago

Special thanks to speakers Britt Shawver, Housing Opportunities for Women, Sol Flores, La Casa Norte, and Jeff Kelly Lowenstein.

In partnership with National Public Housing Museum.


Jon Lowenstein


Short Films

Maren Wickwire



Robert Feldman






Nathan Carley