La Casa Student Housing Program Update
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, March 25, 2019 — During the last six years, TRP’s La Casa Student Housing program has focused on college access and completion for first-generation students through affordable housing, support services, and one-on-one assistance. Our program participants have worked diligently towards a post-secondary degree, financial independence and professional development. We are proud of all the remarkable accomplishments that our students have been able to achieve.
Unfortunately, low program participation and a lack of adequate funding have made operating components of our existing program increasingly challenging and unsustainable. Due to these challenges, TRP has made the difficult decision to conclude the housing portion of the program in June of 2019.
TRP will honor all leasing agreements and programming services through the 2018-2019 academic year. Additionally, the organization has been assisting and supporting current students in need of identifying new housing options for the fall academic year.
The organization remains committed to providing college readiness services. As such, TRP will offer students a career internship and college persistence programming starting in the fall of 2019. Currently there are no set long-term, permanent plans for the dormitory building. For the time being, the building will serve as mixed-use office space. Further updates will be provided as they become available.
Lastly, we would like to thank our donors, volunteers and partners for their generous support throughout the years that made this program possible.