John Cruz talks housing cost burden

Above: John Cruz from Rise discusses housing cost burden in the Winstanley Neighborhood.

Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., the third community workshop took place at Mount Sinai Baptist Church 1200 Saint Louis Ave, 62201.  Community members were provided information on the Winstanley Plan website and were given a survey to gather more data on the communities housing needs.

John Cruz, Data Coordinator for Rise, provided a detailed overview of housing information in the planning area.  In the workshop session, steering committee member Antwoinette Ayers co-facilitated with Brian Hurd Technical Assistance Program Manager to gather information on community strategies for a better neighborhood.

The workshop session engaged the community and many of the members in attendance were very vocal and provided valuable insight on solutions for a revitalized and sustainable community. Community responses to prompts are listed below.

What community development strategies do you think will be the most impactful initially and help create additional opportunities?

  • Better Union Relationships
  • Improving Communication for Job Connectors
  • Business to Attract Local Residents
  • Transitional Life Skills Training
  • Clearinghouse of Businesses
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Job Fair
  • Create a Network Connection for Jobs
  • Resource Center

With the current state of the community, what small business do you see as the most important to your community?

  • Hardware Store
  • YMCA
  • Bowling Alley/Movie Theater
  • Office Center
  • Healthy Food Options/Sit Down Restaurants

What financial tools and social services are most needed to assist in revitalizing and stabilizing your community?

  • Business Incubator Business Development for Startups/Technical Assistance
  • Credit Union/Financial Capability
  • Mobile Bank
  • Reconstructed/Rehab Business Structure
  • Mobile Library/Resource Center
  • Mobile Fresh Food Market

What do you consider the most impactful projects for revitalization/stabilization?

  • Police/Fire Department
  • Hospital/Trauma Unit/Urgent Care
  • Housing Development
  • Trauma Inform Community

Click here to download the presentation on Housing for the Winstanley Neighborhood.