Purpose of Report
This report was written in response to a request from Habitat for Humanity of McLean County. The report expands upon and updates an affordable homeownership needs assessment for the Bloomington-Normal community – with an emphasis on West Bloomington – that was created in 2004. Because the housing market and economic conditions of the area have changed drastically in the last 6 years, an updated report is necessary.
Data Sources and Methodology
This report uses a combination of primary and, mainly, secondary data sources. Interviews were conducted with representatives of, among others, Bloomington Housing Authority, the Economic Development Council (EDC) of Bloomington-Normal Area, Mid Central Community Action, Prairie State Legal Services, and the West Bloomington Revitalization Project. A variety of data were gathered from secondary sources, such as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Census, the City of Bloomington, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Mid Central Community Action, the National Association of Realtors, and the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC).
Anderson, Margaret L.; Banwart, Lloyd; Becker, David F.; Bulba, Dana; Dellinger, Jared; duong, Mimi; Ornee, Julie; Mitchell, Katie; Piotrowski, Andrew; Smith, Hillary; Stoltz, Dustin; Swartzendruber, Mandy; Valaris, Niko; and Weber, Katie, "A Community in Bloom: An affordable housing needs assessment of West Bloomington" (2010). Community Project Design and Management Reports - Sociology. Paper 4.