A fractured economic environment and complex individualized barriers limit the potential of many  Woodlawn families. 

Unemployment and poverty drain our neighborhood and ravage our families and community. In this community, violent crime thrives, educational achievement lags, and obesity and other preventable illnesses are prominent. 

Woodlawn: our neighborhood

 

About Woodlawn:

Households in Woodlawn that make less than $15,000 annually. 

Households in Woodlawn that make less than $15,000 annually. 

Per cent of the population that meets the federal standards for "severely impoverished"

Per cent of the population that meets the federal standards for "severely impoverished"

 
The median annual household income is less than half of the national median and almost a third of Chicago's.

The median annual household income is less than half of the national median and almost a third of Chicago's.

 

Individuals in our neighborhood desire to find long-term employment, but they do not have access to programming that can guide them in the job search and recruitment process. 

They are constrained by some, or all, of the following complications:

 

1. Many did not have access to adequate schooling systems and post-school programming to prepare them for competitive employment.

 

2. They are not aware of job opportunities, and they lack the basic skills required for many available jobs.

 

3. Individuals might gain knowledge of a local community program to support the development of their skill set but they do not have the financial means to participate in these programs.

While these systemic challenges do not exclusively inhibit individuals from participating in formal work, they severely disadvantage people in our context from obtaining and retaining employment. Woodlawn is in need of holistic community transformation that reaches across generations and through the entire person and society—physically, economically, socially, systematically, in the family, and with the individual. 

The opportunity to catalyze this transformation by expanding economic opportunity is tremendous and Hope Works is in a unique position to facilitate and drive this growth.