Erie's Buen HOGAR Announces Housing Resource Pavilion at Fiesta Del Sol
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July 25, 2012 | Chicago, IL
WHAT: 40th Annual Fiesta del Sol
WHERE: Pilsen Neighborhood in Chicago
2302 S Blue Island Ave Chicago, IL 60608
WHEN: July 26th-29th 2012
(Chicago, IL) – Erie Neighborhood House’s newest housing program, Buen HOGAR: A Chicago Housing Authority Latino Outreach Initiative, is partnering up with the following organizations to coordinate a Housing Resource Pavilion at the 40th Annual Fiesta del Sol:
- The Resurrection Project
- Attorney General Lisa Madigan
- Illinois Department of Human Rights
- Neighborhood Housing Services
- Metropolitan Tenant’s Organization
- Access Living
- Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation
- John Marshall Legal Support Clinic
In 1972 Fiesta del Sol began as a celebration to commemorate Pilsen Neighbors Community Council’s role in securing the city’s commitment to building Benito Juarez Leadership Academy. Fiesta del Sol continues to reflect the organization’s desire for social transformation. This year, Fiesta del Sol is celebrating a milestone achievement: 40 years of offering services and resources for communities and entertainment for the entire family.
This 40th. Anniversary also marks the first time that Erie Neighborhood House partners with PNCC and plays a role in Fiesta Del Sol. Erie House, a leader in social services for over 140 years, has spearheaded the collaboration of these 8 additional housing organizations in an effort to bring much needed resources to the Latino community. Through a recent partnership with the Chicago Housing Authority, Erie House’s Buen HOGAR program is engaging organizations in collaborating, resource sharing, and facilitating access to affordable housing opportunities and services to Latinos in Chicago.
Research demonstrates that Latinos in the United States are the ethnic group most affected by the downfall of the housing market. According to the Pew Research Center, Latinos derived two-thirds of their net worth from home equity; the crash of the housing market caused the median household wealth among Latinos to decrease by 66%. Because of the dire need for affordable housing opportunities, our goal is to have a presence at the FDS, and make these resources available to the community at no cost. We believe that our organization’s housing education and outreach program, Buen HOGAR, along with our partners will play a pivotal role addressing this need and helping spark further conversation on the issue.
While other policy issues such as the economy, immigration and education may top the list of important issues to the Latino community, housing continues to be a prevalent issue for many Latino families facing foreclosure, difficulties finding affordable and quality housing, or dealing with tenant/landlord issues. The Housing Resource Pavilion at the Fiesta del Sol will serve to address pertinent housing issues in the Latino community.