Welcome to the Southwest Organizing Project’s (SWOP) website. We are glad you are here. We hope this website will give the institutions, leaders, and residents of the Southwest Chicago community the opportunity to connect with one another, tell their stories, and build power for change in the community.

Pictures (and Maps) Are Worth a Thousand Words

For the past four years, leaders from the Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP), in partnership with United Power and Brinshore Development, have been working to transform 100 vacant buildings into homes in the community. A walk down the 6200 block of south Rockwell or any other block in the target area will give you a feel for how the work is going. Buildings that used to be vacant eyesores are now homes for families.

The maps below will also show you how the community is improving.  The first map shows 93 vacant address in 2012. The second shows 21 today. This is a result of SWOP/Brinshore and local contractors buying, rehabbing, and renting or selling homes to families in the community.  The third and final map shows the properties that have been brought back into service in the community.

For more information about the housing campaign, please contact Harry Meyer at hmeyer@swopchicago.org or 773-471-8208 ext. 131.

93 vacant properties in 2012.
93 vacant properties in 2012.
21 vacant properties in 2016.
21 vacant properties in 2016.
Acquisitions in the target area. Purple dots are SWOP properties. Blue dots are other developers.
Acquisitions in the target area. Purple dots are SWOP properties. Blue dots are other developers.