The surge in coronavirus cases in Latinx communities lays bare the heightened exposure and vulnerability of immigrant communities, due in part to precarious or unsafe work environments for essential workers and overcrowded housing related to the affordability crisis, making it hard for many to stay-at-home.
The plight of Chicago’s small, two-to-four-home buildings has received research and media attention for nearly a decade, yet little by way of coordinated and comprehensive action. This needs to change.
While the nation focuses on the risk that the deadly coronavirus poses to seniors in nursing homes and cruise ships, there’s another population of extremely vulnerable people that have been largely ignored. Our nation’s subsidized housing is home to almost 2.5 million people age 62 and older with low incomes.
Over the last few days, state and local governments have taken unprecedented measures to protect their residents during the COVID-19 outbreak. Policy makers and elected officials have already proposed and even implemented dozens of measures that place temporary moratoria on evictions and ensure running water and utilities for residents.
The Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) is strengthening the Illinois economy by taking important steps toward the state’s clean energy future. We’re particularly excited about FEJA’s expansion of existing utility energy efficiency programs, its emphasis on community solar and the job training provisions that ensure underserved communities will benefit.
In this blog post, Urban Juncture Foundation in Chicago, one of 15 recipients of an Enterprise Collaborative Action Grant in 2016, talks about the Safe Space Collaborative Action project and Bronzeville SOUP event.