Urban Think & Drink: The Color of Law with Richard Rothstein (Chicago) @ Metropolitan Planning Council
Dec 7 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation—that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, The Color of Law incontrovertibly makes clear that it was de jure segregation—the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments?that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day.

Through extraordinary revelations and extensive research that Ta-Nehisi Coates has lauded as “brilliant” (The Atlantic), Rothstein comes to chronicle nothing less than an untold story that begins in the 1920s, showing how this process of de jure segregation began with explicit racial zoning, as millions of African Americans moved in a great historical migration from the south to the north.

Richard will be in conversation with Jennifer White, host of WBEZ’s Morning Shift.

Copies of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America will be available for purchase at the event.

Doors open at 5 p.m. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m., with time to mingle before and after. $15 registration includes snacks, wine and beer. Space is limited, so please register in advance.

Free Housing Counseling Webinar: Dealing with Property of Elderly and Deceased Mortgagors
Dec 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Dealing with Property of Elderly and Deceased Mortgagors

Join Housing Action Illinois and Kathryn Liss, Senior Attorney in the Consumer Practice Group of LAF, for a free webinar on December 12.

During the webinar, you’ll learn about:

  • Tools to plan for death and/or incapacity of a mortgagor (including powers of attorney and transfer-on-death instruments)
  • The process by which property passes at death; we’ll cover joint tenancy vs. tenancy in common, wills, intestate succession, and the probate process
  • Options and strategies for heirs to work with mortgage servicers to try to assume and modify the mortgage loans, including their rights under Garn St. Germain

When: Tuesday, December 12, 2017  |  10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Core Competencies for HUD Certification (Springfield) @ Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies
Jan 23 @ 8:30 am – Jan 25 @ 4:30 pm

Are you ready to take and pass the HUD Housing Counseling Certification Examination? Join Housing Action Illinois and Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) for a three-day course that will prepare you for the exam by covering all six Core Topics in which housing counselors need to be competent: financial management; property maintenance; homeownership and tenancy; fair housing and other civil rights laws and requirements; housing affordability; avoidance of rental and mortgage delinquency; and avoidance of eviction and mortgage default. There is a $150 fee to attend this 3-day class, which will happen on January 23 – 25 in Springfield. Learn more and register here.

IL Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing (Chicago) @ Hyatt Regency Hotel, West Tower - Gold Level
Feb 21 @ 8:00 am – Feb 22 @ 4:00 pm

Save the date for the Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing on Wednesday, February 21 and Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Enjoy one-and-a-half days of speakers, discussion, and networking on the latest trends in affordable housing. More information to come!