Chicago Dream House Event

Chicago Dream House Event

On Saturday, May 31st, LCBH participated in Chicago Dream House, an interactive community event organized by Albany Park artist Karen Yates. The event was created using a unique artistic and symbolic vision to generate social engagement and awareness, focusing on housing issues in the neighborhood of Albany Park. Throughout the day, local artists and members of the public created murals on a symbolic house structure. Inside the structure, a circle of chairs served as a discussion ring where organizers, volunteers, and community members delved into specific housing issues affecting the community. In addition to discussion panels, the event featured skits performed by community groups to bring to life recent campaigns to preserve affordable housing. Community and advocacy groups hosted booths around the structure to provide housing and social service information and to answer community members’ questions.

Patricia Fron, LCBH’s Housing Policy Specialist and TFIP Administrator, lead a discussion panel which focused on the general effects of foreclosure on the City of Chicago over the past five years. Her conversation was informed by our recently released 2013 Annual Foreclosure Report, which sheds light on a range of issues that have affected affordable rental housing since LCBH first reporting on the foreclosure crisis in 2009.

“Getting a chance to engage in dialogue with Albany Park residents, housing advocates, and local artists around the crucial issue of housing was truly a unique experience,” said Fron of the event.