Center for Urban Research and Learning

Loyola University Chicago

Here you will find all of CURL's research projects and publications. 

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HIV Housing Helps End Homelessness and HIV/AIDS in the United States

This chapter addresses the syndemic relationship between HIV/AIDS and homelessness or precarious housing. We focus nationally on the United States, and conclude with a case study from the city of Chicago. This chapter reviews a wide number of studies which demonstrate that homelessness or unstable housing greatly impacts the health and overall well-being of individuals living with HIV/AIDS. 

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Evaluation of Security-Deposit Assistance Program For Low-Income Residents In Milwaukee


This report examined a security deposit assistance program in Milwaukee that uses the incentive to encourage low-income residents to move to higher opportunity, lower poverty neighborhoods. Funded by the Washington DC-based Poverty Race Research Action Council, CURL partnered with the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council in completing this project.

In January 2015, the report was published in the Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) Civil Rights Research journal.   The report provides evidence that security deposit incentives do help in encouraging low-income families to move to new mixed-income communities providing greater educational, employment, and quality of life opportunities.

Download Final ReportTake a Chance on Me: A Review of the Milwaukee County Security Deposit Assistance Program

Works in Progress: Searching for Solutions to the Difficulty Problems of Homelessness


CURL Research faculty, Christine George, and former CURL Fellow, Jennifer Chernega, co-edited a special edition of the Journal of Poverty  titled Housing the Homeless: Emerging Research on Programs and Policies.  Within the issue they also published an article, “Works in Progress: Searching for Solutions to the Difficulty Problems of Homelessness.”

Download Journal ArticleWorks in Progress: Searching for Solutions to the Difficulty Problems of Homelessness

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Evaluation of the 100,000 Homes Campaign in Chicago


The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) partnered with CURL to conduct a process evaluation of the Chicago 100,000 Homes Campaign, with a focus on outreach and housing coordination. Qualitative analysis consisted of observations, telephone and in person interviews, as well as, focus groups. Quantitative analysis consisted of analyzing participant data and administrative records. The evaluation is informing key stakeholders of Chicago’s homeless system in their efforts to develop a centralized housing placement system citywide. 

Download Executive Summary Evaluation of the 100,000 Homes Campaign in Chicago Final Report – Executive Summary

Download Final Report Evaluation of the 100,000 Homes Campaign in Chicago Final Report

Download Quantitative Data Report Evaluation of the 100,000 Homes Campaign in Chicago Final Quantitative Data Report

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Evaluation of Rebuilding Chicago Together-Metro Chicago's National Rebuilding Day Program


Using a collaborative approach, Rebuilding Together - Metro Chicago (RTMC) and CURL conducted a participatory process evaluation to examine the sustainable impact of programming on Chicago communities and participant homeowners. In addition to these outcome objectives, the evaluation included participant surveys with homeowners and volunteers that examined the goals and expectations, satisfaction levels, and programming best practices. This study, which focused primarily on National Rebuilding Day (NRD) sites in the City of Chicago, examined the impact of the NRD program in the years 2006, 2007, and 2008.  RTMC worked in Chicago’s westside neighborhood of Austin in 2006, while in 2007 and 2008, RTMC worked in the southside neighborhood of West Englewood.

Download Technical Report An Evaluation of Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago National Rebuilding Day

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One and a Half Decades of Apartment Loss and Condominium Growth: Changes in Chicago's Residential Building Stock


CURL researchers used data from the Cook County Assessor to document the decline in Chicago apartments and growth in condominium units from 1989 to 2004 in the following report. The analysis that follows uses parcel level data collected for the purpose of assessing property taxes by the Cook County Tax Assessor in 1989-1990, 1995-1997, 2002 and 2004.  

Download Final Report One and a Half Decades of Apartment Loss and Condominium Growth: Changes in Chicago’s Residential Building Stock 

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Impact of Gentrification and Displacement on Different Racial and Ethnic Communities in Chicago


In partnership with the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations, researchers from CURL and multiple Loyola University departments examined the cycle of community reinvestment, displacement and its impact on low income residents, particularly  those living in predominantly African American or Latino communities.

Download Final Report The Differential Impact of Gentrification on Communities in Chicago

Download Executive Summary The Differential Impact of Gentrification on Communities in Chicago Executive Summary

Download Appendix A Data Tables and Maps

Download Appendix B Interview Schedule 

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Equitable Sustainable Community Development


This international project was an effort to document existing successful alternatives to the reinvestment and displacement cycle in communities. We developed a curriculum that can be used either by faculty and students in the university classroom or by community leaders and residents in city and suburban neighborhoods.

View Webpage  Equitable Sustainable Community Development

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The Southwest Foreclosure Project


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. 

Download Final Report The Southwest Foreclosure Project

Download Profile Book Gage Park Chicago Lawn Community Census Tract Profiles

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Brighton Park Community Study 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.

Download Report Brighton Park Community Study 2004

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