Research & Reports

  • Color of Wealth in Chicago

    A new report by The New School’s Institute on Race, Power and Political Economy is the first-of-its-kind study to examine wealth by race, ethnicity and other key drivers in the Chicago metropolitan area.

  • Financial Health Pulse® Chicago 2022 Report

    A new report by Financial Health Network offers the first comprehensive picture of financial health disparities in Chicago and broader Cook County by examining how individuals spend, save, borrow, and plan.

  • Financing Homeownership

    Two new research reports will inform the Trust’s strategy to advance equitable and safe financial solutions to increase and sustain Black and Latine homeownership.

  • Cook County Property Tax Sale System

    Trust-funded research has uncovered Cook County’s process for reclaiming tax-delinquent properties for market use – from annual tax sales to the last-ditch Scavenger Sale – is failing to live up to its potential to secure vacant, abandoned, and underutilized properties as assets in Black and Latine communities.

  • Federal Recovery Funds Dashboard

    As part of its Equitable and Inclusive Economic Recovery strategy, the Trust partnered with Urban Institute to develop an online dashboard to provide a sightline into how the City of Chicago, Cook County, and the State of Illinois are spending unprecedented federal funding to address community investment, housing, workforce development, household investment, community safety, and infrastructure investment.