Filling a Special Need
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Cabrini-Green was one of Chicago’s poorest housing projects, plagued by drugs, gang violence, neglect and generational poverty. Even with the demolition of its notorious high rise buildings, Cabrini-Green and nearby Marshall Field Homes remain home to many kids in need of critical intervention. When the Chicago Housing Authority Plan For Transformation is complete, it is estimated that there will be 2,500 government subsidized homes in the redeveloped neighborhood.
Recognized as being a center for drug trafficking, Austin’s homicide rates are among the highest of Chicago neighborhoods. Austin is also home to 117,527 residents, including 35,576 children.
There are approximately 2,500 vacant buildings and 200 empty lots in Englewood. There is also an abundance of children living in Englewood, surrounded by gang activity, drugs and prostitution.
Tucked among landfills, industrial parks and a sewage treatment plant, Altgeld-Murray is a dangerous, isolated area with open drug markets and frequent shootings—and little for kids to do.