Austin left out of new loan program to combat foreclosure

by Otis Monroe on August 18, 2011

Question: When will Chicago’s Austin, North Lawndale and Roseland communities get elected officials who actually REPRESENT THEIR COMMUNITIES AND BRING INITIATIVES LIKE THIS BACK TO THE COMMUNITIES THEY REPRESENT?

First, Austin and Roseland were not selected to participate in the LISC/John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation-led and -supported (with the banks, I add), New Communities Program, and now Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces a Foreclosure Recovery Program for targeted communities, and once again, Austin and Roseland are LEFT OUT!

How can we keep elected individuals to serve in the Illinois General Assembly and the Chicago City Council and never, never seem able to advocate with a sense of equity, urgency and CALL TO ACTION, making sure that when the state or the city engages in new programs, often “left-out” communities are “put in?”

WHEN? WHEN?

I’m mad for you if you are not mad and don’t understand the significance of the people of Austin, North Lawndale and Roseland communities being time and time again left out.

Just yesterday, a national study showed that 1 in 5 children live in poverty in the United States, and as many as 14 million children live in U.S. households with no parent employed, and losing the family home!

HAD ENOUGH OF YOUR CURRENT GROUP ON NON-REPRESENTATIVE ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES?

WHAT ARE YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS ADVOCATING FOR IF NOT YOU!
HAD ENOUGH YET?

Otis Monroe is CEO of The Monroe Foundation.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mookie August 19, 2011 at 7:55 am

why would ervin care??? he lives in maywood. where are the elected officials??? they dont care the elections are over.

2 Terrell Gentry August 19, 2011 at 10:49 am

Well maybe the 73% of the Austin residents who didn’t vote will learn their lesson. They didn’t care so why should their officials? If they didn’t vote they have no right to complain.

3 Joan August 23, 2011 at 10:58 am

Where did you find that information regarding voting?

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