Despite limited capacity, local CBOs know their communities well and play a key role in connecting immigrant families with much-needed assistance in the wake of COVID-19.


By Sarah Cartagena, Senior Policy Analyst; and Louisa Silverman, Immigration & Housing Intern

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Latino immigrant families have been some of the hardest hit by the pandemic, and small community-based organizations (CBOs) have been key players in connecting these families with COVID-19 assistance. They have been helping families find food pantries, employment, and rental assistance, among other essential services during these difficult times. 

“We weren’t all born with this knowledge,” said one participant in a... Continue Reading

Not long ago, Latinos were projected to drive future home ownership. That may not be the case anymore, and it could come at everyone’s expense.


By Edwin Ortiz Reyes, Civic Engagement Coordinator, Latino Policy Forum

Mortgage rates currently are at their lowest point in over a decade, and demand for homes is significantly outstripping supply. According to Federal Reserve economic data, between April 2020 and April 2021, the median sale price of existing homes increased 16 percent, with an 8-percent increase between January and April 2021.

Pre-pandemic projections for home ownership in the coming decades predicted that Latinos would be the main driving force. In fact, Latinos were projected to account... Continue Reading

By Noreen Sugrue, Director of Research, Latino Policy Forum 

The warmer weather arriving at the same time that cities across the country, including Chicago, open after more than a year shuttered by the pandemic means that summer camps, sporting activities, and even summer school are back and all in person. And what does that mean for younger Latinos not vaccinated or still too young to get it? What it means, for example, is that the situation among those under the age of 20 in the Latino community could potentially become a health, economic, and educational disaster. 

A little more than a year ago, public health officials, community advocates, and elected officials were loud and clear voicing... Continue Reading

According to immigrant families across the city, direct cash assistance is essential for them to recover financially from the COVID-19 pandemic.


By Sarah Cartagena, Senior Policy Analyst; and Louisa Silverman, Immigration & Housing Intern

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Many Latino and immigrant families are struggling to recover financially from the damage caused by the pandemic. Even with restrictions loosening and vaccines available, facing the immense economic fallout from COVID-19 can be an uphill battle.

Many of these immigrant families did not qualify for stimulus payments and are ineligible for government “safety net” programs, such as SNAP and unemployment benefits. According to community forums conducted... Continue Reading

Un repaso a los logros en materia migratoria de la nueva Administración y a las promesas incumplidas, así como recomendaciones para el futuro


Por Sarah Cartagena, analista de Inmigración; Louisa Silverman, analista de Inmigración y vivienda en prácticas, y Sofía Gómez, analista de políticas de Vivienda en prácticas.

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En la campaña electoral, el presidente Joe Biden hizo muchas promesas a la comunidad inmigrante, incluidas promesas de revertir inmediatamente las políticas y acciones ejecutivas dañinas de... Continue Reading