Dold Announces HUD Fair Housing Grants

From the office of Rep. Robert Dold (Ill., 10th District)…

$235,874 for the Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs

CHICAGO, IL – U.S. Congressman Robert J. Dold (IL-10) announced that the Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs received $235,874 in grant money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These funds will be used to enforce the federal Fair Housing Act, promoting diverse, integrated and non-discriminatory communities, and counseling homeowners facing foreclosure and mortgage rescue scams.

“I want to congratulate the Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs for being awarded these grants and for Gail Schechter’s leadership at this organization,” said Dold. “From ensuring access to fair housing, to education and counseling for homeowners facing foreclosure, this organization offers important information that makes our communities more united and stronger.”

“This record amount of funding into Chicago’s northern suburbs represents a strong statement from the federal government that every individual and family must be treated equally in our housing market,” said Gail Schechter, Executive Director of the Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs. “Now we have the resources to fully enforce the Fair Housing Act, educate consumers, municipalities and the real estate community, and bring about welcoming and diverse suburbs. We are also enormously pleased that homeowners in danger of foreclosure can turn to the Interfaith Housing Center for help. We owe enormous thanks to Congressman Bob Dold for his support of fair housing and the work of the Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs.”

Background Information:

The Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs was awarded a General Component Grant for $125,000 that will support the resumption of the Fair Housing Advocate Training series. The goal of this program is to train at least a dozen residents in each of the four northern suburbs about fair housing rights and responsibilities, how to affirmatively foster an integrated community, and action steps for fair and affordable housing in your own suburb.

The second grant is a Lending Component Grant for $110,874 that will be used to focus on fair lending and preventing mortgage scams. This project will include fair housing and lending workshops, in depth technical assistance to two north suburban municipalities, conducting individual counseling activities to assist homeowners at risk for discrimination as a member of a protected class under the Fair Housing Act, providing new multiple language materials to prevent homeowners in the northern suburbs from becoming victims of scams and discrimination, and working with municipalities to prevent residents from losing their homes.

Interfaith’s service area comprises the northern Cook and southern Lake County municipalities of Deerfield, Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Skokie, Wilmette, and Winnetka. All services are free of charge and confidential and they can be contacted at www.interfaithhousingcenter.org or 847-501-5760.

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  • Dold seems o.k., but this piece is pure puffery.

    The Interfaith Housing Center has been getting publicity for about 10 years, but most news reports are that it has had absolutely no effect in bringing any affordable housing to any of the incorporated cities and villages on the North Shore (Dold's Kenilworth sure doesn't have any vacant land) and the most that happens is that some of them get "credits" for supposedly supporting building some housing in other communities west of the Tri-State. Most can't even add affordable housing for their own seniors, and many resist retirement homes because they add to the ambulance cost.

    It seems like the main enforcement of fair housing rights in that area is assuring that present and former Bears and Bulls aren't discriminated against.

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