Addressing mismatch of affordable housing and jobs with community-driven innovation

It’s a common dilemma for many low-income households in older industrial cities like Cleveland: Without a reliable car, employment options are limited. And without a decent job, it’s tough to afford a reliable car.

A multi-institutional team of Cleveland researchers, public leaders, and urban planners will attack that paradox in a planning effort supported by a $50,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), with the chance to receive up to $1 million in implementation support.

The award is part of the Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC), a novel national competition to fund research-based pilot projects sponsored by the NSF and the U.S. Department of Energy. Typically, researchers develop topics and questions on their own. CIVIC flips that model, requiring the topics and issues be driven by a community, which then partners with university researchers to address them.

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