Latinos Gain Access to Public Housing


Carlos DeJesus’s agency, Latinos United, sued the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This lawsuit came about because these two government agencies were not including the Latino community in their programs. The lawsuit resulted in a consent decree in 1996 after a 13-year effort.

Today, Latino families represent 27 percent of the Chicago population who are eligible for public housing yet they are only 2 percent of the current public housing population.

“In reality, what we want is for these agencies to open their doors to the Latino community as well as their programs and for them to eliminate the language barriers,” said DeJesus. Read more »

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Vote ’96: Conventional Colors


Have you ever wondered what it would be like being another color? Have you ever wished that you could become another color just for one day or just for the moment? I thought that day would never come for me. But the night of the convention, I had wished I was three different colors by the time I departed from the political arena.

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