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Here are the latest housing updates from the Forum.

The Forum, in partnership with the Center for Changing Lives, facilitated one of its TECHO (Training and Education Creates Housing Opportunities) presentations in August aimed at educating the community on fair housing rights. As a result of the collaborative effort, 14 people were educated on housing and tenant/landlord rights. With a mix of renters and future landlords the group was able to explore best practices addressing rental properties.

TECHO’s interactive trainings are available to all community-based organizations and increase the capacity of nonprofit agencies serving Latinos to work on issues such as discrimination, foreclosures, affordable housing, fair housing and the Chicago Residential... Continue Reading

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Summer 2016 Newsletter

  ·  Sylvia Puente

Dear Friends,

Despite the festivities and warmth that make this time of the year special for everyone, there’s a cloud hanging over the state brought on by the failure of government officials to pass an operating budget at the end of the state legislature’s spring session for the second straight year. 

While much of state government continues to function through court orders and consent decrees, children and families are unnecessarily suffering due to the lack of state funding for human services and higher education.  According to a recent survey conducted by the United Way of Illinois, nearly 1 million people are without services because... Continue Reading

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Here are the latest housing updates from the Forum.

Operation H.E.L.P.

The Forum and Operation H.E.L.P. participated in a Feria de Vivienda, or housing fair, on April 30 hosted by Proyecto de Acción de los Suburbios del Oeste (P.A.S.O.) and Interfaith Leadership Project.

Thirty Melrose Park families received information regarding loan modification scams, foreclosure prevention services, Fair Housing and Home Purchasing with DACA or an ITIN number. 

Main supporters included Boston Community Capital, The Private Bank and RE/MAX. Other participating agencies included Patricia Gutierrez Pascual’s Law PC, First Midwest Bank, Second Federal, Northwest Side Housing Center and Pinpoint Mortgage. 

Operation H.E.L.P. also participated at the “My Wellness, My... Continue Reading

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Here are the latest housing updates from the Forum.

City Council Testimony: The Forum provided testimony to the Chicago City Council’s Housing Committee in support of the Keeping the Promise Ordinance earlier this quarter.

As supporters of the proposed ordinance, the Forum believes it would increase access for Latinos to CHA programs and resources, and would make CHA more transparent and accountable. On February 17, Housing Manager Savannah Clement provided testimony publicly endorsing the passing of ordinance. Read the testimony here.

Promotores de Vivienda Justa: The Forum extends a heartfelt thank you to this winter quarter’s students from DePaul University who participated in... Continue Reading

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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

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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 sclement@latinopolicy.org

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

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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

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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

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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.

There is no information... Continue Reading

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