Casa Central is located in a handsome brick building at the corner of California and Evergreen Avenues. It’s across the street from a beautifully manicured, 207-acre park that was designed as a jewel in the crown of the city’s ambitious boulevard system.
But Humboldt Park is also at the heart of a predominantly Puerto Rican neighborhood that struggles with gang violence, homelessness, drugs, and other problems that are endemic to many Latino communities around the West Side of Chicago.
This is where Casa Central comes in. Founded in 1954, the organization is a multifaceted one, providing a wide range of social services for everyone from infants to seniors. It’s run primarily for Latinos, and primarily by Latinos as well.