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Community - Campus Day of Service

April 5, 2014

On Saturday, April 5th, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign kicked off National Volunteer Week with an inaugural Community-Campus Day of Service. Over 60 students, faculty and staff worked with six community partners on seven projects to complete pre-construction projects, community garden spring preparation projects, flyering in the community, reorganizing classrooms at Tap in Leadership Academy, cataloging choral literature, and preparing a Bee Garden. A big thank you goes out to all who helped on April 5!


Enriching perspectives through community engagement

FAA 391 Spring 2011

FAA 391: Action Research Seminar

Affordable Housing in Champaign-Urbana

Instructor: Sang Lee
Office: 324 Noble Hall

Meets: Tuesdays 1-3:30PM, 317 Noble Hall 
Plus two trips to East St. Louis
(All expenses covered by ESLARP).
Credit hours: 3

This course is designed for upper-level undergraduate students who have an interest in learning how to use research to create social change.  In this course, you will have the opportunity to develop diverse research skills and knowledge, and apply these to real life needs in the community.  This course is embedded within ESLARP, an interdisciplinary project dedicated to improving social issues in East St. Louis and Champaign-Urbana, as well as other communities.   

This semester, we will delve into housing issues in Champaign-Urbana.  During the first 4-week phase of the course, students will learn about housing policy at the community level through exploration of municipal documents and reports, as well as learn about housing issues in the community.  Students will also have the opportunity to share their own experiences to develop a common understanding of the role of housing in our everyday lives.  This knowledge will lay the foundation from which students will embark on the project phase of the course.  No prior knowledge of housing policy is necessary to take this course. 

Course Syllabus

Schedule and Readings:

Week 1 (1/18)
Introduction to course principles and ESLARP

Week 2 (1/25)
Quercia, Roberto G., and Bates, Lisa K. “The Neglect of America’s Housing: Consequences and Policy Responses.” Millennial Housing Commission, 2002.

Baker, Dean. “Who’s Dreaming? Homeownership Among Low Income Families.” Center for Economic and Policy Research briefing paper, 2005.

Lecture: The Importance of Housing

Week 3 (2/1)
Hirsch, Arnold. “Containment on the home front: race and federal housing policy from the New Deal to the Cold War.” Journal of Urban History 26.2 (2000): 158-189.

Popkin, S. J. (2008) Race and Public Housing Transformation in the United States, in Neighbourhood Renewal & Housing Markets: Community Engagement in the US & UK (ed H. Beider), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK.

Lecture: History of Federal Housing Policy

Week 5 (2/15)
What Is Affordable Housing? NYC Edition. Envisioning Development Guide No. 1. Brooklyn: The Center for Urban Pedagogy, 2009. Read pages 8-23, 30-41, 117-120 (Glossary)

City of Urbana and Urbana HOME Consortium FY 2010-2014 Consolidated Plan. Read pages i- vi, 1-3

City of Champaign FY 2010-2014 Consolidated Plan. Read pages ix-xii

Lecture: Local Housing Programs

Guest Speaker: Aaron Smith from Homestead Corporation

Week 6 (2/22)
Housing Resources Scarce, Especially for Families in Need

Affordable Rental Housing Continues to be "Out of Reach" for Minimum Wage Workers

Thousands Live on Edge of Economic Despair in County

ESLARP Outreach Weekend (2/25-2/26)

Week 7 (3/1)

2010 Community Driven Homeless Housing Programs: Best Practices Report

Week 8  (3/8)
Briggs, X. d. S. (2008) More Pluribus, Less Unum? The Changing Geography of Race and Opportunity, in Neighbourhood Renewal & Housing Markets: Community Engagement in the US & UK (ed H. Beider), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK.
Lecture: Permanent Supportive Housing

**First Reflection Paper Due**

Week 9  (3/15)

Ending Homelessness A Model That Just Might Work
(listen to the audio story from All Things Considered)

Guest Speaker: Abby Harmon
Lecture: Dignity and Homelessness

Week 10  (3/22)
Spring Break-No class!

Week 11  (3/29)

ESLARP Outreach Weekend (4/1-4/2)

Week 12  (4/5)
**Case Study  Drafts Due**

Week 13  (4/12)

Week 14  (4/19)

Week 15  (4/26)
**Second Reflection Paper Due**

Week 16  (5/3)
Wrap-up, reflection, ICES

**Final Project Deliverables due in class**


Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)

The Family Permanent Supportive Housing Initiative: Family History and Experiences in Supportive Housing

Rearranging the Deck Chairs or Reallocating the Lifeboats?

Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness 2010

Last updated on 7/22/2011
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