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Report by Prof. April Jackson (UPP) & Dr. Amy Khare (NIMC) Highlights Work of POAH in Woodlawn

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The Chicago Sun Times, WBEZ, Block Club Chicago and Crain's Chicago Business featured the work of April Jackson, UIC Associate Professor of urban planning and policy, and Dr. Amy Khare, Research Director, National Initiative on Mixed Income Communities at Case Western Reserve University’s recent report released, “ Household and Community Change within Chicago’s Woodlawn Neighborhood” and companion brief, “From the Ground Up: Housing as a Catalyst for Community-Driven Redevelopment of Chicago’s Majority-Black Woodlawn Neighborhood. Both reports highlight the decade of work implemented by the Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) $30.5M Choice Neighborhood Initiative in Woodlawn. Authors conclude that POAH leveraged over $400M into Woodlawn to support a model of comprehensive community change, however work remains to strengthen local affordable housing policies to limit displacement pressures from incoming public and private investments, such as the Obama Presidential Library. Links to both reports can be found here:

Links to News Articles:

Sun-Times: Decade of investment boosted household income, homeownership in Woodlawn: report

Crain's Chicago Business: Affordable housing group beat gentrification tide in Woodlawn, report says

Block Club Chicago: A $30 Million Grant In Woodlawn Led To $400 Million In Investment, Revitalizing Neighborhood, Study Finds