Exploring Residential Transition Experiences of Individuals Displaced from Single-Room Occupancy Buildings

In collaboration with ONE Northside, a Chicago-based affordable housing advocacy organization, we are conducting a qualitative study exploring residential transition experiences of individuals who have been displaced from single-room occupancy (SRO) housing due to gentrification. The study aims to identify the housing options and support needs of individuals who are displaced to support ONE Northside’s advocacy efforts to preserve SRO housing and ensure displaced individuals receive adequate resources to support their housing transitions. This study employs a participatory action research methodology and builds upon a fieldwork project led by doctoral student Camilla Cummings, in which ONE Northside stakeholders and individuals with lived experience of SRO displacement co-developed the research questions, methods, and the interview protocol. The study is funded through a Society for Community Research and Action Mini-grant awarded to Camilla Cummings, and a DePaul University Steans Center Community-based Faculty Fellowship awarded to Molly Brown.