This study is part of a project called the Retail Chicago Initiative (RCI) administered by the City of Chicago's Department of Planning and Development (DPD). The RCI is a long-range initiative to encourage commercial development in Chicago that is consistent with the retail needs of local consumers and their communities. One aspect of the RCI then is to study the demographics and shopping patterns of Chicago consumers.
The Paternal Involvement Demonstration project (PIDP) was a public-private partnership initiative undertaken to demonstrate the value of providing job training, job placement and paternal involvement services to young non-custodial fathers whose children received support from Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). Along with the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation's Parents Fair Share (PFS) pilot project, PIDP was, in 1992, unique in its focus on developing parenting and employment-related services for welfare-dependent non-custodial fathers.
The Chicago Jobs and Living Wage Ordinance has a simple mandate: with certain exceptions, businesses in Chicago which receive more than $50,000 in aid from the City of Chicago or a contract with the city for more than $5,000 must pay its employees at least $7.57 per hour. This living wage rate would allow a family of four to meet the federal poverty line of about $15,000 per year.