Posts By Savannah Clement

This testimony was submitted February 17, 2016 to the Chicago City Council’s Housing Committee by the Forum's Housing Manager Savannah Clement. As supporters of the Keeping the Promise Ordinance, the Forum believes the proposed ordinance would increase access for Latinos to CHA programs and resources, and would make CHA more transparent and accountable.  

The Latino Policy Forum is one of the leading organizations in the Chicago region that fosters Latino participation in all levels of public decision-making. The Forum seeks to inform, influence, and lead the public policy debate in the areas of early education, housing, immigration and civic advancement. It does so in partnership with Latino and other civic leaders in order to promote the well-being of the Latino... Continue Reading

Posted In: Housing, Affordable Housing

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Latino Policy Forum—a leading voice in housing issues in the Chicago Metropolitan region—pays tribute to the life and important work of Dr. King, especially in the fair housing arena. The Forum's Housing Manager Savannah Clement sat down with Communications Associate Emily Vasquez to reflect on the many ways Dr. King's legacy still inspires fair housing advocates almost 50 years later. 

Q: What was Dr. King's housing legacy? How does it still resonate today? 

A. It is well known that between the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement. He was a proponent of non-violence, and carried out... Continue Reading

Posted In: Housing

The CHA Waitlist Lottery Registration Opens:  Latinos Stand to Gain More Access to Affordable Housing

The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) is opening its waitlists for the first time in almost five years. Historically, Latinos have been underrepresented in CHA programs. With the waitlist opening, Latinos stand to gain more access to affordable housing.

Based on the Forum’s analysis of the 2012 CHA Annual Report and Census American Community Survey 2012 5 year data, 23 percent of Latinos are eligible for Family Public Housing and 22 percent of Latinos are eligible for the Housing Choice Voucher program. Yet, they are only participating at ten percent and eight percent respectively. Additionally, based... Continue Reading

ForeclosuresThe foreclosure crisis has had a significant impact on the City of Chicago, changing the landscapes of community areas and contributing to the decline in the city’s population. National and regional organizations such as the Woodstock Institute and the Latino Policy Forum have conducted extensive research on the foreclosure crisis and its impact on various racial and ethnic groups. Woodstock Institute analysis  reveals how predatory and subprime lenders targeted and preyed upon Latinos and other communities. The effects of these predatory loans—combined with those of the general financial crisis—have had a significant impact on Latino communities in Chicago.

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Posted In: Housing, Foreclosure
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