A Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) study about the redevelopment of Woodlawn has found that input from the residents was key to redeveloping the community and ensuring residents weren’t displaced when redevelopment occurred.
POAH wanted to know if the work they had been doing made a difference, how it could improve and how that work could be used as a case study and replicated in other parts of the country. The redevelopment and revitalization of Woodlawn has been the largest undertaking for the Boston-headquartered organization whose aim is to create, preserve and sustain affordable housing.
POAH’s first development in Chicago was Woodlawn Park in 2011. Then, in 2015, POAH opened the Woodlawn Resource Center. POAH built the Woodlawn Station at 63rd and Cottage Grove Avenue. In 2019, Jewel-Osco opened on 60th and Cottage Grove Avenue.