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. Currently, an estimated 2,500 kids reside in Cabrini-Green and nearby Marshall Field Homes.
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.
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.