Stanley J. Horn, Executive Director
Tuskegee Youth Safe Haven
Stanley J. Horn is the Executive Director for the Tuskegee Youth Safe Haven, Inc., located in Macon County, AL. He is a national community developer with experience in projects on both coasts of the United States. He specializes in community organizing, and is a dynamic speaker and trainer for community development and economic empowerment.
For years, the folks at the Clarence Darrow Community Center complained about the lousy lunches being served by their day-care program.
And then, in late 1980, they decided to do something about it.
LeClaire Courts used to be a model for public housing across the nation. Tenants there thrived on self-sufficiency. At one time, they even managed the low-rises for the Chicago Housing Authority. Now LeClaire Courts'glory days are gone. And for some tenants, day-to-day living at LeClaire is fearsome because of crime.
. . . Conditions at LeClaire continued to worsen and in 1983, several female residents who were leaders of differing community factions sought help from Stanley Horn, director of the Clarence Darrow Community Center, a social service agency located in LeClaire and affiliated with the Hull House Association.
The following Friday, 700 LeClaire residents crowded in and around the open area behind the Clarence Darrow Community Center in the development to hear Johnson give what Stanley Horn, executive director at the center, describes as ``the most dramatic speech I`ve ever heard.``
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``It won`t be long before public housing residents have dignity restored to their lives because of what started here at LeClaire,`` Kemp said.
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Kemp also points with pride to LeClaire Courts on the city`s Southwest Side, where a tenant-run management corporation has crafted one innovative program after another to improve the lives as well as the living conditions of public housing residents.
The surge in community concern at LeClaire was nurtured by a sophisticated social service agency at LeClaire--the Clarence Darrow Center. Darrow and its executive director, Stanley Horn, served as the housing complex's "own little think tank," says Chicago Housing Authority Chairman Lane.
``They`re not confident in our ability to deliver the type of clients they want,`` Horn said of initial reaction to the proposal to bus 100 unemployed public housing residents a day to suburban jobs.
''It's culture shock to take a bunch of minority people into a lily-white environment like DuPage County,'' said Stanley Horn, who is the executive director of the Clarence Darrow Community Center, which provides social services at LeClaire.
Stanley Horn, executive director of the Clarence Darrow Center, said he is hiring a representative to meet with suburban companies this spring. The center is a social services organization at LeClaire Courts, a low-rise Chicago Housing Authority complex on the city`s Southwest Side.
The Meanings of Resident Empowerment: Why Just About Everybody Thinks It's a Good Idea and What It Has to Do with Resident Management
by William Peterman, Chicago State University
Housing Policy Debate - Volume 7, Issue 3 Fannie Mae Foundation 1996
"While resident control may be the only way to ensure good management in some circumstances, the deciding factor should always be whether management provides the basis for a livable, healthy community." Stanley Horn. (click title to download excerpt)
Chicago Reader: Bad blood between do-gooders
"Stan and the board had a vision of Darrow being not just a place where people can get good day care for the kids, but a place where they can learn how to be economically self-sufficient," says Malcolm Bush, a member of Clarence Darrow Center's board.
(This article discusses the conflict between the Clarence Darrow Center and the Jane Addams Hull House of Chicago)
Schenectady Gazette: Residents Taking Charge
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Jack Kemp, who as a congressman sponsored legislation making tenant management possible, calls the concept "synthesis of New Deal programming and conservative thinking."
"Our philosophy is transferring skills to residents", Stanley Horn says.