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Who is Listening to Local Communities? Connections Between Chicago Region Community-Based Organizations and Regional, State, and National Policy Initiatives

July 10, 2005

This report focuses on the role that community-level organizations have had, currently have, and could have in setting regional agendas. Data for the report come from a representative sample of 49 community-based organizations in the City of Chicago, the Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Will, and Lake, as well as the Indiana counties of Lake and Porter. We also completed eight case studies of regional initiatives to examine the different ways in which community-based organizations connect with regional and statewide issues. Research was guided by a working group comprised of university-based researchers, community-based organization leaders, and regional group representatives.

Brighton Park Community Study 2004

June 19, 2004

This study sought to provide the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC) a greater understanding of the issues and trends in housing, economic and demographic changes in the community. The report outlined key changes in the demographic and economic characteristics of the population over the past decade; assessed the current conditions and trends in Brighton Park's housing stock, rents, sales prices, mortgage loans; and identified the key threats and opportunities in Brighton Park in regard to housing affordability, education, and service needs.

The Southwest Foreclosure Project

June 1, 2003

CURL worked with the Southwest Organizing Project (and their membership organizations), Neighborhood Housing Services (Chicago Lawn/Gage Park) and the Greater Southwest Development Corporation and examined the causes, effects, and potential solutions of home mortgage foreclosures in the Chicago Lawn and Gage Park neighborhoods. This project sought to identify where in these community areas foreclosures are most prevalent, and to determine what characteristics of these parts of the neighborhood (usually census tracts) make them more likely to experience high foreclosures. 

Gage Park and Chicago Lawn Community and Census Tract Profiles

June 1, 2003

CURL worked with the Southwest Organizing Project (and their membership organizations), Neighborhood Housing Services (Chicago Lawn/Gage Park) and the Greater Southwest Development Corporation and examined the causes, effects, and potential solutions of home mortgage foreclosures in the Chicago Lawn and Gage Park neighborhoods. This project sought to identify where in these community areas foreclosures are most prevalent, and to determine what characteristics of these parts of the neighborhood (usually census tracts) make them more likely to experience high foreclosures.