The United Way of Metro Chicago South-Southwest Suburban Region is a culturally rich network of communities — each with its own identity, yet working together to address the changing times and challenges that face the region.
- In the SSW communities of greatest need, 60% of households make $50,000 or less per year
- About 14% of SSW’s labor force is unemployed. This rate doubles in communities of greatest need
- More than a third of SSW’s housing stock is renter-occupied or vacant, a rate that nearly doubles in communities of greatest need
- 275,000 individuals are low-income in the south suburbs
- 40% of south suburban residents have not completed education beyond high school
Through coordinated efforts, United Way is working with key corporate and agency partners, donors and volunteers to change the story for individuals, families and entire communities in the south-southwest suburbs.