Illinois State Rep LaShawn Ford Forms Foreclosure Prevention Task Force

From Mark S. Allen, Chair Voter Restoration/Voter Education Project, Member Community Reinvestment Organizing Project

Dear Partners In Community Reinvestment and Community Stability

State Representative La Shawn K. Ford (D-Chicago), has announced the formation of a Foreclosure Prevention Task force of HUD approved housing counseling agencies serving the West Cook County and Austin communities.

Involved in the Task Force, are:

-Bethel New Life
-West Cook County Housing Resource Center, an affiliate of the Oak Park Housing Resource Center
-Nobel Neighbors
-VOCMA (Voice of Community Ministerial Association)
-South Austin Coalition
-Proviso Leyden Council for Community Action (PLCCA)
- Westside Ministers Coalition

The Monroe Foundation is facilitating the process of organizing the Task Force with Rep. Ford as part of its' initiative, the P.A.C.T. Project (Partnership Assisting Community Transformation), and the Community Reinvestment Organizing Project (COP).

In a statement, Otis C. Monroe, III,CEO of the Monroe Foundation, stated, "Chicago's Austin leads Chicago communities in foreclosure, making this bold leadership role taken on by Rep. Ford significantly impacting to community organizing efforts to bring more public and private resources to West Cook and the Austin community".

Key focus areas to be considered by the Task Force includes:

- Expanding counseling services into communities of West Cook and Austin communities with counseling service gaps
- Involving financial institutions in forming partnerships with the Task Force to address potential foreclosures through involvement in counseling outreach events, and foreclosure prevention/intervention programs, helping to close existing counseling services gaps.

For more information abut the Foreclosure Prevention Task Force, contact Rep. Ford's constituent services office at (773) 378-5902 and ask for Barb or email foreclosureprevention@lashawnford.com.

(ATTACHED IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM STATE REP.FORD)

Or Contact Athena Williams, project consultant, the Monroe Foundation, at(773) 914-1534,

Otis Chandler Monroe, III
CEO
The Monroe Foundation
www.themonroefoundation.org
(773) 315-9720

The Community Reinvestment Organizing Project (COP), is a community reinvestment and public policy initiative funded by a grant from the Woods Fund of Chicago. The P.A.C.T. Project (Partnership Assisting Community Transformation), is a community banking coalition focusing on increasing access to capital and banking services and agreements, and is funded by a grant from the Field Foundation of Illinois.

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