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Recent distributions of housing-assistance funds in Illinois fail to reach those hardest hit. New partnerships and culturally appropriate efforts could go a long way towards rectifying that.

By Sarah Cartagena, Immigration Analyst, and Noreen Sugrue, Director or Research

The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) has disbursed roughly $324M in rental and mortgage assistance, allocated from the federal CARES Act, to landlords and mortgage companies for missed payments by households hit hard by COVID-19 in 2020.

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA) provided each household $5,000, paid directly to the landlord, and the Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program... Continue Reading

Forum Director of Research Noreen Sugrue provides regular updates on the implications of the latest COVID-19 data. Here, she explores the potential consequences of high death rates among Latinos aged 20-59 on education, home ownership, and entrepreneurship.

By Noreen Sugrue, Director of Research

In Illinois, more than 10 percent of Latinos have been or are currently living with COVID-19. As the pandemic progressed from its earliest days, we began to witness death rates among Latinos aged 20-59 climb at an especially alarming rate. As of March 1, 2021, 41 percent of those aged 20-59 who have died from COVID in Illinois are Latino.

When families suffer the tragic loss of... Continue Reading

Forum Director of Research Noreen Sugrue provides regular updates on the implications of the latest COVID-19 data. Here, she explains why there is some good reason for optimism in recent jobs-report numbers, and also why we shouldn't let our guards down.

By Noreen Sugrue, Director of Research

With about 916,000 new jobs added in March, more people are returning to work, and there is some reason for optimism.

According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in March, “the unemployment rate edged down to 6.0 percent... The rate is down considerably from its recent high in April 2020 but is 2.5 percentage points higher than its pre-pandemic level in February 2020.” Some... Continue Reading

Friends and neighbors,

In January, I was honored and privileged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine alongside Mayor Lori Lightfoot at a hospital in Englewood, Chicago, one of the city neighborhoods most impacted by the pandemic. It was a blessing to know that in that moment, my life, and my family and loved ones’ lives, were safe.

First and foremost, if you are hesitant about getting vaccinated, my message to you is this: This vaccine is safe, and it saves lives. COVID is dangerous, and it kills.

You may know that the Forum and Illinois Unidos are working tirelessly to make sure that everyone has this same opportunity... Continue Reading

El Plan de Rescate Estadounidense entregará cheques de estímulo pendientes a muchos inmigrantes y a sus familias, incluidos miles de niños de Illinois, a los que, hasta hora, se les había denegado.

Por Sarah Cartagena, Analista de Inmigración

To read this article in English, click here.

Tras haber sido excluidos explícitamente de las ayudas del CARES Act en el paquete de estímulo financiero por el coronavirus de diciembre de 2020, aproximadamente 94.000 niños con la ciudadanía estadounidense o con estatus migratorio legal, cuyos padres están indocumentados y viven en Illinois, podrán finalmente reclamar la ayuda que merecen durante... Continue Reading