Last night, more than 150 homeowners, tenants, neighbors, and occupiers met at UE Hall with Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to demand a one-year moratorium on foreclosures and evictions in Cook County. Below are some photos from the event, which was hosted by a coalition of Communities United Against Foreclosure and Eviction, Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign, and Centro Autónomo in Albany Park.
“We owe $225,000 on the house, but it is only valued at $140,000. We tried four times for a loan modification and they were all rejected.”
—Vicente and Estela Gutierrez
A national study of 14 primary banks revealed that 30.9% of Hispanics and 41.5% of African Americans were offered unstable and expensive home loans, as opposed to 17.8% of whites. As a result, homeowners of color are now 8% more likely than whites to owe more on their home than it is worth.
“I am a senior citizen on a fixed income with no family in the area, and 5/3 bank is trying to kick me out of my house. My family has been here since 1921!”
The AARP reports that heads of households over 50 represented 28 percent of all mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures in 2007—at double the national rate.
“I have lived and worked in the community for thirty years. I don’t want to uproot my family.”
Studies suggest that frequent moves negatively affect academic achievement and emotional development. Children with instable housing are less likely to graduate from high school than their stationary peers.
We didn’t get a satisfactory answer to our demand for a moratorium, and so the campaign will continue until we see a stop to all evictions and foreclosures! Join us at an upcoming meeting!
Communities United Against Foreclosure and Evictions
Albany Park: First and third Thursdays at 6:30pm, Albany Park Autonomous
Center, 3460 W. Lawrence. For more information call Tom, Roberto, or Tony at
773-583-7728 (Spanish/English) or email email@example.com and
NEXT MEETING: Thursday, August 16
Austin: Location and time of next meeting to be confirmed. Call Gloria at 773-827-
3814 (English) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Belmont Cragin: Every other Saturday. Location and time of next meeting to be
confirmed. Call Sabrina at 773-603-2186 (English) or Bridget at 773-443-1903
(Spanish/English), or email email@example.com.
Logan Square: First and third Tuesdays at 6:30pm, Logan Square Library, 3030 W.
Fullerton Ave. For more information call Kim at 773-310-2225 (English), call
Virginia at 773-456-6999 (Spanish), or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, August 21
Rogers Park: First and third Wednesdays at 7pm, 7463 N. Ridge. For more
information call Jorge at 773-954-3614 (Spanish/English) or email
NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, August 15
Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign
Southside: Every Thursday at 6:30pm, Ms Sis Cafe, 1401 E 75th St. For more
information, call 312-287-7228, or email email@example.com and visit
NEXT MEETING: Thursday, August 16th