WBEZ: "Group Fights Gentrification On Chicago’s Northwest Side"

“As a housing community organizer on Chicago’s Northwest Side, Julio Rodriguez sees a familiar pattern with Latino families.

“We find a lot of folks from Logan Square have been moving here along with [others from] areas like Pilsen,” Rodriguez said. They moved because housing became more expensive. “One of the biggest needs that we saw was how cost-burdened our residents are,” he added. Families are considered cost-burdened if they pay more than 30 percent of their income toward housing.

Rodriguez and his colleagues at the Northwest Side Housing Center have offered clients homebuyer education and housing counseling. But that hasn’t been enough to help people stave off displacement, so the organization is forming a new community development corporation to serve Belmont Cragin and surrounding neighborhoods.”

Laura Slabaugh