UIC gets $1M grant to study ‘green’ housing

  • By Peter Sachs
  • Staff Writer
  • May 08, 2009 @ 9:20 AM

A $1 million grant coming from federal stimulus funds could provide new data on how the quality of public housing affects the health of its residents.

The University of Illinois at Chicago received the grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to do a three-year study of how newly built “green” housing affects the health of residents.

“What it’s doing is evaluating whether building this new type of housing is healthier for people,” says UIC spokeswoman Sherri McGinnis González.

The study will focus on 300 residents at a Chicago public housing facility – Gonzalez declined to say which one. Researchers will gather data from residents’ medical records from when they lived in older public housing units, and combine that with data on their current health.

Researchers expect to find that residents living in new facilities that are more energy-efficient and that are made with more environmentally friendly materials will also have much lower healthcare costs, Gonzalez says.

“This is the first time something like this has been done here,” Gonzalez says.

The study will create some jobs during its data collection phase, since researchers will need people to conduct interviews, Gonzalez says.

Daily News Staff Writer Peter Sachs covers higher education. He can be reached at 773.362.5002, ext. 18, or peter [at] chitowndailynews [dot] org.

 

Daily News Staff Writer Peter Sachs covers higher education. He can be reached at 773.362.5002, ext. 18, or peter [at] chitowndailynews [dot] org.

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