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Neighborhood Indicators Project

As census data became available the Voorhees Center worked with Chicago Rehab Network to analyze the data from a neighborhood perpective using the following indicators.

What's the predominant housing stock in a community? Rental or single family?
Is the rental vacancy rate increasing or decreasing? Is it high or low?
Is the community 's rental stock growing or shrinking?
Is overcrowding on the rise?
How much new construction has the community experienced over the decade?


Emerging from the questions above are seven distinct clusters of community areas, click on the links below for fact sheets:

Homeowning - communities with predominant hosuing stock of single family homes
Thinning - areas losing population with increasing numbers of vacant units
Tightening - communities losing population and housing units
Converting - neighborhoods with tight rental markets, losing rental units
Filling - areas with steady demand for hosuing and not much vacant land for new construction
Booming - communties that have experienced a spike in population, new construction and rehab
Bursting - neighborhoods with extreme population growth and overcrowding

Though each neighborhood is unique, cluster communties are linked by similar housing market characteristics and census data. When viewed in the map showing cluster groupings, one can see how Chicago's communities face common challenges and policy solutions that require us to work across geography, political and cultural boundaries. For a more complete analysis, contact our partner Chicago Rehab Network to view the 2003 Affordable Housing Fact Book.