LA CASA OPENS, PROVIDING HOUSING FOR CHICAGO STUDENTS

CHICAGO, IL.  Following a 2008 study by The Scion Group, a new six-story residence hall has opened in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood for 100 students from a various institutions, including the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia College, DePaul University and Loyola University.  As reported in The New York Times, La Casa was inspired and built by The Resurrection Project, a not-for-profit serving Latino families in the Chicago area.

The new facility, called La Casa, offers fully furnished suites including a kitchen, living area, five bedrooms and two bathrooms.  Each bedroom is shared by two students.  In addition to a resident assistant on each floor, building amenities include lounge areas, laundry, a fitness room and a Resource Center offering student services such as mentoring and internship placement.  The approximately $11 million development was funded with a combination of grants, donations and mortgage debt.

The Resurrection Project engaged Scion in 2008 to complete a Market and Demand Analysis for the La Casa project.  Scion’s work included stakeholder interviews, student focus group sessions, analysis of existing student survey data and a review of local rental options targeting students attending area post-secondary institutions.  Scion’s study showed significant demand for the project.

The mission of The Resurrection Project is to build relationships and challenge people to act on their faith and values to create healthy communities through organizing, education and community development.  Founded in 1990, The Resurrection Project has invested over $200 million in community facilities offering housing, child care and other resources.  Targeted Chicago neighborhoods include Pilsen, Little Village and Back of the Yards.

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