Director: Dr. Daniel Block
Program Administrator: Celia Francies
CERC Coordinator: Michael Siola
The Fredrick Blum Neighborhood Assistance Center (NAC) provides technical and research assistance to neighborhood based, community, and economic development organizations. Housed in the Department of Geography, Sociology, History, African American Studies, and Anthropology at Chicago State University and drawing heavily on the resources and skills of the department, the NAC endeavors to involve faculty and students from across the university. The NAC applies discipline specific skills to the solution of neighborhood problems and acts to increase the level of service to the community by the university.
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 Neighborhood Assistance Center (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 to the Calumet region in southeastern Chicago/Cook County and in 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.
Neighborhood Assistance Center (NAC)
Chicago State University
Williams Science Center - Room 321
9501 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Chicago, IL 60628-1598
Phone: (773) 995-3844
Fax: (773) 995-4482