Keeping Chicago Renters Housed in a Time of Crisis - Metropolitan Planning Council

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Keeping Chicago Renters Housed in a Time of Crisis

April 14, 2020, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. CT

This is a past event

A Virtual Discussion on ZOOM

Hosted by: Metropolitan Planning Council & Enterprise

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Close to six hundred thousand households in Chicago rent their homes, over half earning less than $50,000 a year. Not only are Black and Latinx communities over-represented among cost-burdened renters, but they are also the most impacted by the economic shut down and, as recent data has shown, the COVID-19 virus itself. So how can we ensure that renters stay housed in the face of pandemic-related job losses?

Unprecedented actions have been taken at the federal, state and local levels to blunt the crisis' impact, from an eviction moratorium to emergency cash assistance. Still, more must be done. Join us for a lively discussion and expert panel about what is currently in place and what else is needed to prevent widespread displacement.

This will be the first discussion in an ongoing series exploring an equitable response and recovery to the pandemic.


Juan Sebastian Arias (Metropolitan Planning Council)

Miriam Zuk (Enterprise Community Partners)


Mark Swartz (Lawyers Committee for Better Housing)

Stacey Young (Preservation Compact/Community Investment Corporation)

Jawanza Malone (Lift the Ban Coalition)

Daniel Kay Hertz (Chicago Department of Housing)

Program is from 11:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.
Optional Q&A from 12:00p.m. - 12:15 p.m. 

Special thank you to Enterprise for hosting this event with us.


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