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Housing & Community Development Research and Project Requests

The Center for Housing and Community Research provides low-cost and pro-bono services for small community-based projects for organizations and communities in Georgia.

We accept project request applications on an ongoing basis.

Selected projects are typically completed by undergraduate and graduate students under faculty supervision.

Example project requests include (but not limited to):

  • Windshield survey of housing conditions
  • Survey of residents or employees (need for affordable housing, community opinion survey, etc.)
  • Inventory of existing housing (identify bank-owned, city-owned lots, owners of vacant lots and multiple unused lots, etc.)
  • Organize and participate in a housing fair (first-time homebuyer, renter, home maintenance, financial literacy, code enforcement education)
  • Organize and participate in a clean-up day (partner with non-profit or other local groups)
  • Data analysis or research on best practices
  • Volunteer, minor rehabilitation project
  • Catalog local and community grant programs

Project ideas and selection criteria

Please include the following information in your submission:

  • Project title and contact information
  • What is the specific issue, opportunity or problem the project is trying to address?
  • Will the project require analysis of data? If so, does the data currently exist? Do you have access to it? Is collection of the data part of the project?
  • How will this project benefit your neighborhood, community, or group? What is the hoped for impact of this project?

Selection criteria include:

  • Alignment with student learning objectives and use of skills developed in coursework
  • Description is focused, specific and detailed
  • Requested project may be one or a few components listed above, but we will also consider others not on this list
  • Requested project must be referenced as a need in communities’ work plan developed at the GICH retreats or generated from local monthly GICH meetings
  • Feasibility of project completion during the identified University semester
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