The main goal of the NAC is to
foster self-reliant community development.
This is accomplished by:
Assisting in the development of
neighborhood planning projects in ways that enable
neighborhood residents to develop their own strategies
for neighborhood maintenance and revitalization.
Performing land use
and housing quality surveys, feasibility studies,
market analyses, food and social service access
analyses, grant writing assistance, and database
Mapping assistance and spatial
analyses using the department's Geographic Information
System (GIS) laboratory.
Maintaining documents and data
pertaining to land use, community health, housing,
economic development, and community planning.
Students can become involved in NAC projects
through internships, work study positions and funded
The Calumet Environmental Resource Center (CERC)
is a unit of the Fredrick Blum Neighborhood Assistance Center
(NAC) and is a repository for environmental information
relating the Calumet region in southeast Chicago and
northwestern Indiana. CERC resources are available to
students, faculty, and members of the community.
The NAC is named after Fredrick Blum, emeritus professor
of Geography, long-time supporter of community planning
and neighborhood development, and originator of the idea
for the NAC.