Everyone needs safe and affordable housing. Bloomington-Normal has a wide variety of housing stock. Over 65.6% of the city are home owners which is above the national average. The average price of a home in Bloomington-Normal is $153,500. The housing stock downtown and on the westside is generally older while the eastside has more new construction homes. There are estimated to be 175 people living in McLean county who are homeless, while many others struggle to make ends meet and pay for housing.
In 2010, Lindsey Haines, an economics major from Chicago did her honors research on affordable housing on the westside of Bloomington-Normal and the impact of absentee landlords. As part of her project, she brought together 45 representatives of organizations that impact housing including the City of Bloomington, Habitat, landlords and home owners. The result of the summit was a block-by-block strategy where the WBRP brought together homeowners from individual blocks to identify resources, wish lists, and opportunities.
The Tool Library is a free tool lending service that provides homeowners with the resources that they need to make repairs and improvements in their homes, fostering a sense of independence in its users while contributing to the beautification of our community.
Individual and group volunteers are needed for all different kinds of work, on a regular and/or one-time basis. Volunteer opportunities include: Driver, Loader, Cashier, Processor, or the "role you invent"! This is a great way for RSOs, dorm groups, and Sororities and Fraternities to volunteer as groups in our community.
RFF provides clean, gently used furniture and household items to hundreds of families per year across Bloomington-Normal. Volunteer individually or as a group on a regular or one-time basis. Opportunities include office and warehouse work, cleaning and delivery.
Check out the Student Volunteer and Resource Center for more opportunities!
See the IWU Career Center for internships!
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