CHICAGO, IL. The Scion Group has been selected by Chicago community organization The Resurrection Project to assess the market and demand for a new student housing development on 18th and Paulina Streets in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. The project would transform a deteriorating local convent into La Casa, an innovative neighborhood-based residence and resource center serving students attending local colleges and universities.
Scion’s work will include a study of off-campus housing options attracting prospective La Casa residents, on-campus and affiliated housing at nearby post-secondary institutions and the neighborhood rental market. Scion will also conduct focus groups with prospective residents and analyze survey data collected from hundreds of students enrolled in Chicago colleges and universities, and ultimately will assess the feasibility of the contemplated development. This marks Scion’s eighth engagement by not-for-profit community development organizations and its second in Chicago’s Pilsen / Little Village neighborhood.
The Resurrection Project primarily serves Latino population in the southwest Chicago neighborhoods of Pilsen, Little Village and Back of the Yards. In 1990, driven to action by neighborhood blight and crime and by distressinly low education levels, six parishes in the Pilsen neighborhood contributed $5,000 each to create an institution-based community organization with a mission to build relationships and challenge people to act on their faith and values to create health communities through organizing, education and community development. Seventeen years later, The Resurrection Project has leveraged that initial investment into over $146 million in community reinvestment and still works alongside residents to support affordable housing, financial literacy and access to education and health care.