Data Equity Cohort

Chicago Cityscape is a real estate information platform designed to spark and inspire more equitable development in overlooked and underinvested neighborhoods by organizing and aggregating property data, policy information, and market insights into one platform – equalizing access to information for underrepresented and resourced property professional and nonprofit organizations.

Seven years after it was founded, Chicago Cityscape has its first full-time employee and it just received a one-year capacity building grant from Searle Funds, by way of the Chicago Community Trust. With these funds we will work alongside emerging developers and housing organizations to leverage our current tools on the Cityscape platform to close the opportunity gap and increase equitable outcomes. We will learn from them and co-design solutions that help meet their missions, and reduce barriers to access data and technology in the community development process.

From Cityscape’s perspective, this cohort includes emerging, less experienced, and mission-oriented real estate developers (especially people of color who, as a group, receive less funding and investment for their projects); non-profit organizations such as Chambers of Commerce, Special Service Areas (SSA), Community Development Corporations (CDC); housing development & advocacy organizations; and nascent land ownership models like cooperatives and land trusts.

What the program entails

We’re granting free access and coaching sessions on our platform in return for ongoing and structured feedback as to how we can strengthen our platform for these types of leaders:

  • Developers who are emerging, less experienced, and mission-oriented -- especially people of color who, as a group, receive less funding and investment for their projects.
  • Non-profit organizations such as Chambers of Commerce, Special Service Areas (SSA), Community Development Corporations (CDC).
  • Housing development & advocacy organizations; and nascent land ownership models like cooperatives and land trusts.

DEC members will be compensated and have full access to every Cityscape product used to help developers with site selections, nonprofits with business recruitment & retention, and housing orgs with their advocacy efforts. The DEC has two important goals:

  • Learning - You’ll learn how our platform already helps leaders like you. We’ll learn from you how our platform can be improved.
  • Improving - You’ll gain access to data and skills to meet your mission through our platform. Our platform will undergo edits, adjustments, and additions based on your feedback.

Here’s the timeline of the program:

  • August: Candidates apply and Cityscape interviews potential DEC members. Application link - deadline is September 30, 2021.
  • September: 1.5 hour onboarding session to Chicago Cityscape’s tools.
  • Oct, Nov, Jan: Each month participate in a 1.5 hour session where DEC members share their feedback & suggestions on the platform and Cityscape coaches through updates & improvements.
  • March: 1.5 hours final product updates meeting and coaching session.

Compensation and time commitment:

  • 7.5 hours of program time required to participate in DEC.
  • DEC members will be compensated $35 / program hour.
  • Participants will have free access to Cityscape during the 7 month program. Value is $100/month.

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