By Steve Schering | Winnetka Talk
WINNETKA â€” According to a report from The Interfaith Housing Center many outsiders still perceive the North Shore as an exclusive, inaccessible community for which to live.
With funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Interfaith Housing sought the help of the University of Illinois at Chicagoâ€™s Natalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement.
Earlier this year UIC conducted a series of focus groups with white, Latino and black homeowners and renters from Chicago and various suburbs. The attendees were asked questions about living in the North Shore, their perceptions of the area and whether they felt they would be welcomed there as homeowners or renters.
â€œWe decided to investigate whether people are self-selecting themselves out of that housing market,â€ said Interfaith Executive Director Gail Schechter. â€œItâ€™s part of our effort to get these communities to be more integrated than they already are.â€