Mapping for Habitat for Humanity

Caldwell students create maps that help Habitat for Humanity communicate about regional housing needs to local leaders.

Overview

Each year students in a Caldwell Fellows Honors Seminar create maps that help Habitat for Humanity communicate about regional housing needs to local leaders. Their service learning project culminates in a presentation to the Habitat for Humanity of Wake County Advocacy Committee. GIS and Data Librarian Jeff Essic taught students how to find GIS and Census data and how to use ArcGIS Online and StoryMaps to communicate about issues such as affordable housing, homeownership, and neighborhood resources and investment. Student team leader Mason Stevens said, “Jeff's insight in our search for Census data was extremely helpful. The racially restrictive covenants were also an important part of some of our maps and analysis, and Jeff was the one who helped show us as well as our partners at Habitat for Humanity of Wake and Johnston Counties where we could look for those.”