Funds raised by Taste of Evanston in 2019 supported Reba Place Development's service to help end homelessness. Submitted photo

Reba Place Development Corp. (RPDC) is on the cusp of two major firsts as it celebrates its 25th Anniversary with an inaugural fundraiser, which will be held virtually via Zoom from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Dec. 3.

RPDC is a non-profit and faith-based organization that develops affordable housing and offers compassionate property management, according to its mission statement. To date, RPDC has “transformed seven distressed properties into 69 safe and affordable housing units for diverse, low-income families.”

The “Friend-Raising” event will include an engaging panel discussion with affordable housing experts and testimonials from current tenants.

“This is our very first fundraiser in over 25 years of existence. Up until this year, we have leveraged government grants and resources from City, State and federal dollars and obtained local financing. Government funds aren’t as easy to obtain this year, and there is a long maturation process to get those funds.

“This is a fundraiser for building up our network of friends in the community  people that understand what we do and the services we provide to families in helping them obtain housing. Many people know about us, and there are lots who don’t,” said RPDC Executive Director Keith Banks.

Funds raised on Dec. 3 will help RPDC launch a new development initiative, with 40 new affordable units for more than 70 families on their waiting list.

“We realize that demand outweighs supply. We need more affordable, decent, safe housing in Evanston; and RPDC wants to be a part of decreasing homelessness in our City,” said Mr. Banks.

Tickets for the RPDC “Friend-Raising” can be purchased for $30 at www.rebaplacedevelopmentcorp.org.