Substandard housing is a serious issue in Geneva that negatively affects people’s health, sense of security, privacy, and their ability to work. To address this problem, we are collecting the data needed for Catholic Charities and its community partners to secure grant funding. We are engaged in consulting with Catholic Charities on substandard housing in Geneva, a community that we have been very much a part of for the past four years.
We built upon sociological skills to determine the scope of work and method of data collection. We first conducted a literature review to conceptualize and define the issue of substandard housing in Geneva. We are gathering data on the volume and density of substandard housing by communicating with local offices and offices of other communities if necessary in order to quantify such data. We will then assess and determine the most useful and accurate data. Lastly, we will compile all existing data into one list to be used by Catholic Charities and their community partners.
Community Partner: Ellen Wayne, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes
Student Researchers: Cristian Cedacero, Leslie Carrese, Chelsea England, Melanie Devuyst
Faculty Adviser: Professor Jack Harris, Sociology