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News That Matters: An Assessment of Chicago's Information Landscape

July 13, 2011

The Community News Matters project of The Chicago Community Trust conducted surveys and focus groups of the general public, local leaders and low-income residents to assess the level to which critical information needs of democracies are being well-met in the Chicago region and to identify critical information gaps and deficiencies in Chicago's information landscape that may need to be addressed.

Life After Prison: Tracking the Experiences of Male Prisoners Returning to Chicago, Cleveland, and Houston

May 15, 2010

Examines the reentry experiences of 652 men in the three cities, including housing stability, family relationships, substance use, employment, and recidivism. Analyzes outcome predictors such as prison programs, job training, and family structure.

A Fiscal Rehabilitation Plan for the State of Illinois

February 22, 2010

Outlines the state's budgetary trends and proposes a comprehensive plan to address the crisis, including pension and insurance plan reforms; income and tobacco tax hikes; and spending cuts, excluding Medicaid and aid to elementary and secondary education.

Beyond Payday Loans: Consumer Installment Lending in Illinois

March 19, 2009

This report analyzes detailed, loan level data and describes the terms and conditions, borrower demographics, and default characteristics of loans made by consumer installment lenders in Illinois.

The Chicago Region's Foreclosure Problem Continued to Grow in 2008

January 28, 2009

This report summarizes key foreclosure trends in the Chicago region for 2008 and updates Woodstock Institute reports and fact sheets released previously that illustrated key aspects of the foreclosure crisis such as the spread of the crisis to suburban communities, the potential impact of the foreclosures on Chicago's affordable rental housing market, and the growing number of foreclosures that were becoming bank-owned properties and likely sitting vacant. The report includes detailed appendices with data for City of Chicago community areas and municipalities in the Chicago Six County Area.

Foreclosure Fallout: An Analysis of Foreclosure Auctions in the Chicago Region

August 20, 2008

This report examines the results of foreclosure auctions in the Chicago region held between 2005 and first half 2008 for regional municipalities, Chicago community areas and Chicago wards. The analysis provides the total number of properties going to auction, changes in the share of properties going to auction that become lender-owned, the auction values of these properties, and the property types of lender-owned properties in the City of Chicago.

Foreclosure Crisis Impacts Chicago's Rental Housing Market

May 16, 2008

An analysis of 2007 foreclosure filings shows that 35 percent, or over 4,800 foreclosure filings, were on 2- to 6-units multifamily properties. Communities with the highest concentrations of foreclosures on 2- to 6-unit properties include West Garfield Park, East Garfield Park, Austin, Humboldt Park on the West Side and New City, Englewood, and West Englewood on the South Side.

A Critical Policy Imperative: Making Preschool Education Work for Latinos in Illinois

June 20, 2007

Provides demographic information on the young Latino child population and provides strategies and recommendations to help ensure that Latino families fully benefit from Preschool for All in Illinois.

Are HOPE VI Families at Greater Risk for Homelessness?

June 1, 2007

Examines whether federal HOPE VI relocation initiatives increase the chances that original residents will be at greater risk of homelessness. Based on surveys of residents at five Hope VI public housing sites.

Hope VI'd and on the Move

June 1, 2007

Examines whether the federal HOPE VI housing program has successfully improved living environments for the majority of residents. Based on surveys of residents at five Hope VI public housing sites.

Housing Choice Vouchers: How HOPE VI Families Fared in the Private Market

June 1, 2007

Examines the relocation experiences of HOPE VI housing program residents who used a voucher to find new homes, both in and out of public housing. Based on surveys of residents at five Hope VI public housing sites.

Moving On: Benefits and Challenges of HOPE VI for Children

June 1, 2007

Examines the well-being of children in the federal HOPE VI housing program in the areas of behavior, health, and school engagement. Based on surveys of residents at five Hope VI public housing sites.