SWOP organizes predominately in five Chicago community areas: Chicago Lawn, Gage Park, West Elsdon, West Lawn, and Ashburn. In total, SWOP neighborhoods are 62% Latino, 27% African American, and 10% White.
The median income in our community varies considerably: Chicago Lawn $33,000, Gage Park $37,000, West Elsdon $46,000, West Lawn $47,000, and Ashburn $67,000. The schools SWOP works in report a poverty rate of at least 80%. This percentage represents the number of students eligible for free lunch, which is based on the USDA calculation of 130% of the poverty level or $26,400 for a family of four.
The community area of Chicago Lawn, in which a majority of our member institution are located, has an unemployment rate of 19.6%. Only 63% of the population over the age of 25 in Chicago Lawn have a high school diploma or equivalent, while 11% have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
SWOP’s target area currently covers sections of:
Wards: 13th (Quinn), 14th (Burke), 15th (Lopez), 16th (Coleman), 17th (Moore), 18th (Curtis), and 23rd (Tabares).
IL Senate districts: 1 (Muñoz), 3 (Hunter), 11 (Sandoval), and 16 (Collins).
IL House districts: 1 (Ortiz), 6 (Harper), 22 (Madigan), 31 (Flowers), and 32 (Thapedi).
US Congressional Districts: 1st (Rush), 3rd (Lipinski), 4th (Garcia), and 7th (Davis).