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Action Opportunities to Influence Chicago’s Five-Year Housing Plan

August 30, 2018

On August 27, 120 people attended the Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy: Housing Justice for Health Equity. We thank our co-sponsor, the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing, and are glad this was the seventh forum organized by members of the Chicago Housing Justice League, of which Health & Medicine is a proud member.

The forum focused on advancing affordable, healthy, safe, and accessible housing to promote health equity and to consider how Chicago’s Five-Year Housing Plan can help do this. The forum explored how to change structural determinants of health inequities, including policies, governance, and systems that exacerbate housing and health inequities—such that these can instead advancing equity in housing and health. In sum, the fight for equitable housing is also a fight for health equity.

Here are a few action opportunities to influence Chicago’s Five-Year Housing Plan to advance housing justice and health equity:

  • Submit comments and suggestions for the City’s Five-Year Housing Plan 2019-2023 here. This idea portal is open from August 20th to September 9th.
  • Chicago Housing Justice League’s Recommendations for the Five Year Housing Plan to the City’s Department of Planning and Development for the plan and consider submitting some or all of these recommendations to the idea portal.
  • Attend and consider providing testimony at the public hearing on Thursday, September 13th, from 6:00—7:30 PM in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium of the Harold Washington Library, 400 S State Street. The hearing will be hosted by Alderman Joe Moore and Deputy Managing Commissioner for Housing Anthony Simpkins, and a presentation will be made.
  • If you plan to provide testimony, we recommend arriving significantly before the hearing starts, to be able to add your name to the list. For more information about the hearing, call (312) 744-4190.

Presentation slides and handouts are now uploaded to the event page. Video recording will be made available thanks to CAN TV and a link posted on the event page in the coming weeks.