‘Open Communities’ will reflect mission better, officials say
Focus groups recently told officials at the Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs that people living outside the area think the North Shore is home to a mostly affluent white population, and that the area is not very culturally diverse.
“It’s not surprising,” said Viki Rivkin, the organization’s director of fair housing. “Part of the reason we did this study was to see if what we thought other people thought about our service area was really what people thought.”
The focus-group study, released at the end of October, was completed under a federal Housing and Urban Development grant earlier this year. Focusing on “outsider perspectives” of the northern suburbs, and people’s willingness to move there, the study included six focus groups – two groups of African American participants, two groups of Latino participants, and two groups of white participants. It was further broken down into homeowners and renters, said Rivkin.