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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

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Guest blog by Diana Pando, The Resurrection Project

The Resurrection Project, is a member of the Forum’s Housing Acuerdo. To learn more about our Housing Acuerdo's goals and strategies click here, or email Savannah Clement at

This month is National Affordable Homeownership Month and to many immigrant families the American dream is still to own a home.

Jose Galvez is one of those people. He and his family had been renting apartments for years and his last rental experience put him on the edge. The apartment was small and the neighbors thought his son made too much noise. As time went on, so did the difficulties with his neighbors.... Continue Reading

Posted In: Housing Education, Housing, Affordable Housing

You’ve heard us say it before: Not all Latinos are immigrants and not all immigrants are Latinos. The two are both distinct and diverse—generalizations that conflate or oversimplify are bound to be inaccurate.

But unfortunately, erroneous perceptions of immigrants and Latinos often limit their housing choices. In fact, a  recently released study from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) gives credence to the general sense of discrimination felt by those communities with hard numbers. HUD research shows that Latino renters are informed of 12.5 percent fewer units and shown 7.5 percent fewer units than White home seekers. 

For me, the HUD findings underscored a central reality: While the terms ‘Latino’ and ‘immigrant’ may not be... Continue Reading

Posted In: Housing, Affordable Housing, Housing Education

Latino homeownerHomeownership has long been synonymous with the “American Dream:” a means of building wealth and a tangible symbol of upward mobility, a sign that the best is yet to come. For many immigrants, Latino and otherwise, el sueño de la casa propia is also a symbol of full integration into life in the United States. As National Homeownership Month, June provides an opportunity to pause and reflect on how to support strong aspirations of homeownership in immigrant and Latino communities.

Still, Latinos and immigrants must overcome a unique set of hurdles to make their dreams of owning homes an attainable goal. The economic woes of the Great Recession exacerbate other challenges for... Continue Reading

Posted In: Housing, Foreclosure, Affordable Housing

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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