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Last Updated: 09/24/18

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A few examples of Chicago tackling youth joblessness

Emily Engel, Jason Keller and Mark O'Dell

This article describes linkages between education, poverty, and employment in areas of Chicago and Cook County; recent modifications to the Q&A section of the Community Reinvestment Act to facilitate bank investment in workforce development; and examples of Chicago area organizations that serve disadvantaged youth populations to build job skills and reduce criminal recidivism.


Capital-raising among minority-owned banks before and after the financial crisis

Robin Newberger

This article explores the subset of banks with the designation of minority depository institution, and their capital-raising methods during and after the 2008 financial crisis in contrast to non-minority-owned institutions.


Addressing Displacement Pressures from Public Investment in Chicago’s Communities

Sarah Duda

This article profiles recent research from the Institute for Housing Studies (IHS or the Institute) on the topic of displacement, gentrification, and the role of public investment in driving neighborhood change. It discusses a specific public investment in Chicago and its role in accelerating gentrification, and highlights a new data tool created by IHS to help community development practitioners develop affordable housing strategies in advance of planned public investments.


Determinants of Housing Values and Variations in Home Prices Across Neighborhoods in Cook County 

Maude Toussaint-Comeau and Jin Man Lee

This article by senior business economist Maude Toussaint-Comeau and Jin Man Lee, Research Director at the Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University, explores home values in Cook County before and after the Great Recession. Among the high level findings is that past the height of the housing financial crisis, distressed property sales remained strong contributors of house price depreciations in neighborhoods in Cook County. Disparities persist in housing market recovery across neighborhoods. Home values of neighborhoods in the lower income distribution are still 45 percent or lower than their previous peak.



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