Since January 2008, there have 1407 murders committed with guns. Since January 2008, more than 388 homicide victims were between the ages of 20-25; 352 were between the ages of 15-20. January 2012 ends with 40 homicides in Chicago, up 43 percent from 28 homicides recorded in January 2011, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

About Woodlawn/Englewood

240 Homicide Victims

(between January 2008 –January 2012)

More young people are killed in Chicago than any other American city.
Since 2008, more than 530 youth have been killed in Chicago with nearly 80 percent of the homicides occurring in 22 African-American or Latino community areas on the city’s South, Southwest and West sides.
After 10 funerals in one year, I couldn’t take it anymore… After gang members, in broad daylight, began to shoot at the attendees of the funeral of 15-year-old gun victim Carlton Archer, right in front of the church as they were entering the building, I knew something had to be done!  In order to bring awareness to the gun violence issue in our community, I chose to live in a tent on the rooftop of an abandoned motel right across the street from my church.

It’s wintertime in Chicago, I’m fasting on water only for 21 days, needing to raise $450K to purchase and demolish the motel so we could build a $15M community and economic development center to give these kids something to do, the story has gone national… 90 plus days later I was still on the roof until a $100K donation from Tyler Perry helped us reach our goal and complete phase 1 after a total of 94 days.

With phase 2 in full effect, Project HOOD seeks to foster collaboration between the private sector, public sector and faith-based organizations in order to combat the 4 primary ills of urban America: Social dysfunctions, Educational deprivation, Economic deficiencies and Spiritual dehydration. Project HOOD is committed to bringing awareness to the violence issue in Chicago and across America!  Additionally, Project HOOD hopes to become the model for other communities to learn from and leverage our efforts.  

Ultimately, we hope to offset the violence and give parents the much needed support necessary to make our communities a safe place to raise their families and not a killing field to bury their children.

Spending 94 days atop a motel roof in the dead of a Chicago winter was only Phase 1… Phase 2 requires another level of sacrifice and I’m hitting the pavement to make it happen – “LITERALLY,” by walking across America to raise additional awareness about the gun violence epidemic all over America and to raise the $15 million to fund the Project HOOD Community and Economic Development Center in Woodlawn.  The walk starts June 5, 2012, from Times Square in NY, New York and ending at the Staples Center in LA, California.  

I believe there are still caring people in this world and if enough of them know about the violence issues, the teenagers that are being killed and the lack of resources available to help, they will give to make a difference!

Corey Brooks

Our Work Continues


60% increase

4 Societal Ills indentified

Needs to be Raised In murders in the first quarter of 2012 Social dysfunctions, Educational deprivation, Economic deficiencies and Spiritual dehydration. 

Why We’re Different


100% of public donations go directly to Super Motel purchase cost.


Just $20 can save a life, as opposed to $6000 average funeral cost. Please help by donating today.