Saving our Homes: The Lessons of Community Struggles to Preserve Affordable Housing in Chicago’s Uptown
(03/1991 – 08/1995)
In collaboration with Organization of the NorthEast (ONE) a community organizing group on Chicago’s north side, CURL worked to produce a study of nine affordable housing buildings in Uptown and the tenants’ and community organizations’ efforts to keep the housing affordable.
The story of each of the buildings provides different lessons for tenants, housing organizers, community organizations, government policy makers in Chicago and in every other city of the country. This report is an effort to give voice to some of those working poor who have been struggling to preserve the affordable housing that is their road to self-sufficiency in the diverse neighborhood of Uptown on Chicago’s north side.
The research process included open-ended interviews with community leaders and close-ended resident surveys in eight sample blocks in Edgewater and Uptown along with less-structured interviews with additional residents on these blocks. The interviews touch on a wide variety of issues, but a primary focus was to gain an understanding of racial, ethnic, and social class conflict and cooperation in the two communities. The goal has been to provide information to the community organization that can be used in developing an action agenda aimed at reducing points of conflict and building cooperation between the diversity of groups in Edgewater and Uptown.
- P. Nyden, Loyola University Chicago
- J. Adams, Senior Researcher Department of Sociology and Anthropology
- G. Auguste, Loyola University Chicago
- M. Barz, Loyola University Chicago
- I. Calhoun-Farrar, Loyola University Chicago
- E. Jones, Loyola University Chicago
- M. Mason, Loyola University Chicago
- M. Maly, Loyola University Chicago
- Drew Astolfi, Organizer, Organization of the NorthEast
- Deborah Hughes, 707 Waveland
- Denice Irwin, 920 W. Lakeside
- Kathy Osberger, Carmen Marine
- Cynthia Reed, Sheridan-Gunnison
- Prince Walker, Lakeview Towers
- Kim Zalent, Executive Director, Organization of the NorthEast