Yes We Can Preserve Affordable Housing
Venue: Woodlawn Resource Center, 6144 S. Cottage Grove Ave
This Global Symposium Site Visit will highlight Woodlawn East Community and Neighbors (WECAN), a local community organization which refurbishes and operates affordable housing and offers supportive services in the Woodlawn neighborhood. WECAN is a participant of the University of Chicago’s Community Programs Accelerator, which provides capacity building for Chicago South Side nonprofits. WECAN is led by Ms. Mattie Butler, longtime resident and community organizer.
Through this program, WECAN built a partnership with UChicago’s Harris School of Public Policy to assess the state of housing in Woodlawn, track trends and identify residents at risk of displacement. With the support of nonprofit developer Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH), Harris students and Woodlawn residents worked together to survey every parcel in the community, collect and analyze housing data.
This site visit will include a 30-minute tour of the Woodlawn neighborhood.
Meet the Obama Foundation Scholars
Venue: The Keller Center, 1307 E 60th Street, Sky Suite
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with Obama Foundation Scholars from Nepal, Peru, Kenya, India and Brazil at the University of Chicago, who are rising young leaders around the world making a difference in their communities. The Scholars will earn a Master of Arts degree focused on International Development and Policy at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. This site visit will take place at the Keller Center, a mid-20th century building designed by Edward Durell Stone, opened in 2019 that is the new intellectual hub and home of the Harris School of Public Policy.
Moderator: Stefan Schaffer, NRDC, City Strategist, American Cities Climate Challenge