Buen HOGAR Gears Up for Fiesta del Sol in Pilsen Neighborhood
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July 20, 2016 | Chicago, IL
The Fiesta del Sol Housing Resource Pavilion plans to engage more than 2,000 visitors July 29–31 during the festival. FILE PHOTO
As many as 1 million festival-goers will enjoy a cadre of cultural favorites—tasty Mexican food, live music, local art and more—at Pilsen’s Fiesta del Sol , located at 1400 W Cermak Rd on July 28–31.
But amidst the revelry and traditional, Fiesta del Sol also features numerous educational and enrichment opportunities for attendees. Among them is the Housing Resource Pavilion, sponsored this year by BMO Harris Bank and coordinated by the Buen HOGAR program at Erie Neighborhood House. It is open Friday through Sunday to give community residents access to a wealth of information and resources related to housing.
“The Housing Resource Pavilion is a joint collaboration between Erie House and other organizations offering various forms of housing assistance to residents,” explains Eunice Rodriguez, outreach coordinator for Buen HOGAR. She says more than 15 agencies will be present alongside Erie House, distributing information related to affordable housing, senior housing, avoiding foreclosure and homelessness prevention in addition to resources for landlords and first-time home buyers.
“Sometimes people don’t know what’s out there,” says Rodriguez, whose office is contracted by Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) to provide education, assistance and outreach in the Latino community. “This is an opportunity for us to let the community know what resources are available.”
Buen HOGAR provides assistance by phone and in-person at office locations in West Town and Little Village, conducts workshops for landlords and tenants and visits a variety of fairs and expos across the city. As many as 2,000 visitors from all parts of the city will stop by the pavilion during the festival, making Fiesta del Sol a great opportunity for the Erie House to gain exposure and to deliver valuable information and resources to Chicago’s Latino community.
Rodriguez says that in the spirit of Fiesta del Sol, the Housing Resource Pavilion offers a variety of games and activities to appeal to the whole family. BMO Harris donated tote bags which will be handed out to individuals who complete a passport activity that encourages them to visit multiple agencies represented in the pavilion. Visitors might also complete a quiz on fair housing laws or add their home to a giant inflated neighborhood map of the city of Chicago. Several other activities are geared specifically to children attending the festival.
“We definitely want to engage people that are coming in to the pavilion,” says Rodriguez. “The kids’ activities allow parents to take their time in talking with the different organizations. Overall it’s a really fun experience.”
If you’re not able to attend the Fiesta del Sol but would like more information on services provided by Buen HOGAR, please visit www.eriehouse.org/BuenHOGAR or call (312) 432-8795.