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Housing center gets federal grant

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded theInterfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs two federal grants totaling $235,874 to help homeowners avoid foreclosure, mortgage scams, and housing discrimination.

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded theInterfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs two federal grants totaling $235,874 to help homeowners avoid foreclosure, mortgage scams, and housing discrimination.

Funded through HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program, the grants will help the Interfaith Housing Center train at least a dozen residents in each of the four northern suburbs about fair housing rights and responsibilities, sponsor fair housing workshops, provide technical assistance to two north suburban municipalities, and individual counseling activities under the Fair Housing Act.

“At a time when many of my constituents and those across the country are underwater and unable pay their mortgage, I am pleased that HUD awarded this grant to help the Interfaith Housing Center continue its valuable work,” Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Evanston said.

“Federal funding is vital to adequately supporting successful community programs that provide critical assistance to those vulnerable to scams, discrimination and misinformation. I will continue to voice support and work for federal assistance to help homeowners climb out of this housing crisis,” Schakowsky added.

The center's executive director, Gail Schecter, praised Schakowsky's commitment to a healthy and fair housing market.

The Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs is a nonprofit organization that advocates for fair and affordable housing in 16 northern suburbs of Chicago. Interfaith’s service area comprises the northern Cook and southern Lake County municipalities of Deerfield, Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Skokie, Wilmette, and Winnetka.

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