Access. Equity. Opportunity.

ACER is the leading organization working with African immigrants in the northwest suburbs. We build power to achieve systemic change that advances racial and economic equity for our communities.

ACER civic engagement focuses on empowering community members to engage with the civil process. We believe in the combined power of the people. We have the ability to come together and make our voices heard. Change is possible.

Community wealth, quality housing, educational opportunities, and a pipeline to quality jobs are all social determinants of health. When these elements are absent, as they are for many African immigrants, depressed community health indicators follow. ACER improves individual and community health by transforming the systems that prevent growth and prosperity for African immigrant residents.

African immigrants face a range of economic disparities in the Northwest suburbs. ACER believes that African people hold the keys to unlocking their own economic potential. We support micro-businesses which are the economic engine of the African community. We also advance economic development strategies that build on our strengths to generate homegrown community wealth.

ACER makes safe, quality, affordable housing a priority for the northwest suburbs. Working with partners, ACER has saved threatened affordable housing, developed tenant leadership, and successfully worked with tenant communities to pass an unprecedented inclusionary zoning policy in Brooklyn Park City Council.