The Oak Park Regional Housing Center lead an initiative to host the first of six meetings with key elected officials, community leaders, and philanthropic organizations to promote public policies that would improve the integration and equitable opportunity in the Chicago region. This first meeting included elected officials from the western suburbs and discussed the need to ensure that HUD and other federal agencies invest in activities that will foster sustainable and inclusive communities. The Housing Center’s mission and programs are recognized as a national model to be considered in these efforts. These meetings are part of a collaborative effort between policy and grassroots organizations in the region and across the country.
This first round of meetings proved successful in increasing awareness of the need to affirmative further fair housing in the region. Key elected officials indicated an interest in joining the effort. Foundations have shown an interest in learning more. The Housing Center will be working with its partners to continue the momentum and be following up with events and details on initiatives in the coming months.