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2018 Housing Summit: Strengthening the Puerto Rican and Latino Presence in Chicago

2018 Housing Summit: Strengthening the Puerto Rican and Latino Presence in Chicago

June 15, 2018 (Chicago, IL) – 2018 Housing Summit: Strengthening the Puerto Rican and Latino Presence in Chicago

On June 15, 2018 at ChiArts located at 2714 W Augusta Blvd from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation, Hispanic Housing Development Corporation, LUCHA, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and Puerto Rican Agenda will convene the “2018 Housing Summit: Strengthening the Puerto Rican and Latino Presence in Chicago.” The event seeks to facilitate bold discussions, kick-off a research agenda, and create new strategies to celebrate, preserve, and strengthen the cultural vibrancies of our neighborhoods.

 The Housing Summit has the following goals: (1) Learn from policy experts, affordable housing developers, decision-makers, and community members about the barriers and opportunities to further affordable housing goals in Chicago’s Near Northwest Side, (2) Increase awareness of the urgent need for affordable housing, fair housing enforcement, and racial/ethnic equity of homeownership in our communities and, (3) Cooperatively plan for the future of Chicago’s Near Northwest Side in an equitable manner, particularly through youth/community engagement and empowerment. We start from the basic premise that housing is a human right. Our vision is that all Latinos live in affordable, safe, and high-quality housing.

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove who is a Professor of Urban Policy and Health at The New School, New York City. Prior to joining The New School in 2016, she worked for 26 years as a research psychiatrist at New York State Psychiatric Institute and was a professor of clinical psychiatry and public health at Columbia University. Mindy has conducted research on displacement, gentrification, and community development. Dr. Thompson Fullilove has published several books, including: Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It.

We will also have an “Affordable Housing Development Panel Discussion” with Joy Aruguete (Chief Executive Officer, Bickerdike), Juan Carlos Linares (Executive Director, LUCHA) and Hipolito Roldán (Executive Director, Hispanic Housing). Latino housing developers will provide a historical account and new challenges. Ivis García, Assistant Professor, University of Utah will present preliminary findings of a report which will provide a compendium of data and analysis about Near Northwest Side housing and Latino demographics. There will be another panel on “Health and Diverse Housing Types” with La Casa Norte (Azalea Acuna), the Puerto Rican Cultural Center (Juan Calderon) and Logan Square Neighborhood Association (Christian Diaz). The event will culminate with a Community Town Hall with Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez along with Latino Elected Officials will address the housing question alongside community residents by engaging in dialogue with the objective of developing strategies and crafting an agenda that will ensure Puerto Ricans and Latinos have access to resources, affordable rental housing and homeownership opportunities. The Housing Summit will bring together around 200-250 community residents, policymakers and stakeholders with the hopes of crafting an inclusive agenda that will ensure furthering access to resources and opportunities for Latinos families in housing.

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