Welcome to the South Side Housing Data Initiative, led by Woodlawn East Community and Neighbors (WECAN), the Washington Park Residents’ Advocacy Council (WPRAC), the Neighborhood Network Alliance (NNA), South Shore Works (SSW), and the South Shore Chamber of Commerce (SSC). Here, you will find information about Chicago’s Woodlawn, Washington Park, and South Shore neighborhoods, results from our community parcel surveys, interactive maps, and housing reports produced from this initiative.
It is our aspiration that South Side residents use this data to help understand the current housing landscape in our neighborhoods and use that data to advocate for community-driven policies.
The South Side Housing Data Initiative provides community-based organizations with parcel-level data to inform policy and program strategies to help low and moderate-income residents maintain their housing in real estate markets experiencing or anticipating rapid change.Goals for the South Side Housing Data Initiative:
In 2019, WECAN and its partners completed the Woodlawn Housing Data Project, an extensive data collection effort that resulted in a detailed analysis of the neighborhood’s housing conditions. Following the project’s success, WPRAC approached the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement’s (OCE)’s Community Programs Accelerator (CPA) to request a similar housing study for the Washington Park neighborhood. The Washington Park Housing Data Project was completed in 2020. Currently, the Housing Data Initiative is being replicated in South Shore. We anticipate results and recommendations by June 2022.
Primary data for the South Side Housing Data Initiative was collected through neighborhood parcel surveys conducted by WECAN, WPRAC, NNA, SSW, and the SSC in coordination with the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and Office of Civic Engagement, and Regrid. Parcel data was analyzed with over 20 publicly-available datasets to identify key findings and trends related to neighborhood housing.