By overlapping the foreclosure data with the U.S. Census American Community Survey data we have been able to determine the degree of association between the socio-economic composition of different neighborhoods and the prevalence of foreclosures.
U.S. Census Blocks. McLean County, IL.
U.S. Census Blocks. Peoria County, IL.
We have started a series of formal presentations of our findings, the first one in Peoria, October 11th, in front of the Peoria Opportunities Foundation (POF), the Mid Central Community Action Inc., the Community Preservation Clinic and the Tri-County Planning Commission. You can read a news release here.
The data that we have gathered for our research relate to the work of a number of non-for-profit organizations.
In the City of Bloomington the Mid Central Community Action Inc. is one of several organizations administering a multi-year housing-related grant from the State of Illinois Attorney General’s Office. You can read a newspaper story about it here. We created a data handout for one of their meetings and plan on getting involved assisting their work. You can see the data handout here.
In the City of Peoria, the Peoria Opportunities Foundation (POF) and the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) are involved in similar grant-funded work. You can read a news release here. We have answered a request for data-sharing with the POF in order to facilitate their work.
Sarah Kolbe, our GIS consultant, has created animated maps of foreclosures in both McLean and Peoria Counties. Click on the pictures above to see the videos. These show where foreclosures are geographically concentrated over time.
Charlie Schlenker, Assistant News Director at WGLT, conducted a phone interview on the analysis of the length of foreclosure processes in McLean County. The story is here and the news release is here.
Benjamin Aberle (Ben) has joined the team and is now working with us analyzing the data. We have started by studying how long it takes for a property to be foreclosed in McLean County.
Jake and Ben working with the Eno Board in the new State Farm Hall (June 25, 2013)
After visiting the Peoria Recorder of Deeds at the Peoria County Courthouse we compiled a list of foreclosure sale deeds. With the generous support of their GIS office Sarah was able to geocode those data points. We are now exploring the possibility of adding more dimensions to our analysis through the help of their IT services.
On May 22 Matt, Jake and I attended a foreclosure sale by McLean County’s Sheriff Department at the Law and Justice Center in downtown Bloomington. We learned some more details about the “nuts and bolts” of the process.
Jake and Matt at the McLean Co. Law and Justice Center (May 22, 2013)
We have finished compiling and cleaning the lis pendens and foreclosure data for McLean Co. and they are now in Sarah’s hand for their GIS analysis. We are waiting to hear from the Peoria Recorder of Deeds regarding a data extraction for the data dimensions we would like to study.
We have made great progress on the GIS-side of the project. Sarah has received copies of the files that will allow her to match parcel identification numbers (PINs) to street grids and US Census tracts for both McLean County and Peoria County.
Jake and Matt are busy updating the lis pendends and foreclosure databases for McLean county. Next week we will travel to Peoria to visit the Recorder’s Office and arrange our access to their real estate information.
Over the last few weeks I completed the paperwork needed to employ Jonathan (Jake) Bates and Matthew (Matt) Bishop as the 2013 PNC Bank Foundation fellows. The GIS consultant for the project will be Sarah Kolbe.
In order to start the data-gathering part of the process we need access to a certain metadata file from the McLean County GIS consortium.
We will set up a work area around an Eno Board on the third floor of CLA and use Dropbox to manage the file-sharing.
On October 30 Carlo Robustelli called to let me know that the PNC Bank Foundation Distribution Committee awarded us a community development grant for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Great!