Hadiya Pendleton Foundation offered office space in Bronzeville


The city is offering a home for the Hadiya Pendleton Foundation for the next few years.

Under a proposal introduced by Mayor Emanuel on Wednesday, the foundation would be able to temporarily use office space at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center in Bronzeville for $1 through 2016.

Pendleton, 15, a King College Prep student who performed at inaugural events for President Obama in Washington D.C. in 2012, was fatally shot on Jan. 29 at a park about a mile from the Obamas' Kenwood home. First lady Michelle Obama attended her funeral.

"As an honor student, Hadiya was on her way toward realizing that bright future before it was stolen from her," Emanuel said in a news release. "By supporting the Hadiya Pendleton Foundation with office space, as a city, we are helping make Hadiya's vision a reality, her dreams were not so different from the dreams of our own children, or the dreams we have for them."

Once a more permanent location is identified, the non-profit, created by Pendleton's family and friends, would move its offices and offer after-school programs and activities, according to the news release.

The agreement goes to the Committee on Housing and Real Estate for consideration.

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