The Spanish Coalition for Housing (SCH) is the lead agency helping Latino families with their housing needs in the greater Chicago-land area. Spanish Coalition for Housing was created in 1966. The mission of Spanish Coalition for Housing is to provide comprehensive counseling, education and housing resources necessary for housing product consumers to develop competence and responsibility in meeting their financial and housing needs; provide the necessary information. And assistance to renters and homeowners, enable them to avoid rent delinquencies, mortgage defaults and foreclosures; aggressively market available resources to all Spanish speaking persons and others who require advocacy to which ensures that they have equitable opportunity to access resources.
Spanish Coalition for Housing's beginnings were the result of a broad coalition of groups from Chicago's North side and South side that came together in the early 1960's to address issues facing the Latino community. The two main issues that emerged were employment and housing. At the time, Latinos were facing difficulty obtaining entry-level jobs and accessing education. Latinos were also facing redlining from banks and difficulty in getting loans approved due to language barriers and lack of information. Two working groups were formed, the Jobs Coalition and the Housing Coalition. The Jobs Coalition was successful in obtaining commitments from Illinois Bell to hire more Latinos. The Housing Coalition participated in organizing efforts and held regular meetings with FHA, HUD and the City of Chicago Department of Urban Renewal. Although the group tired to stay together, it was clear that there were different priorities for the North side and the South Side. In the South side, jobs were a pressing issue. In the North side, the riots in Humboldt Park made housing a priority. Eventually both groups formed their own organization, Spanish Coalition for Jobs in the South side and Spanish Coalition for Housing in the North side.
The formative years for Spanish Coalition for Housing were challenging, but hopeful. SCH represented the Latino community as part of the civil rights movement, always mindful to connect local issues with larger movements. SCH tackled hot issues such as redlining, discrimination in housing, and lack of interest from financial institutions. This was at a time before the passage of the CRA Act and before big banks had neighborhood branches. SCH boldly answered these challenges with a two-fold strategy: advocacy and education. In 1973, SCH became the first Latino organization in Chicago to be certified as a Housing Counseling Agency by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 1992, SCH was selected to provide a pre-purchase and foreclosure prevention counseling. Recently, Spanish Coalition for Housing worked with the FDIC to translate the Money Smart program into Spanish and is seeking to be a test site for the Fannie Mae Spanish counselor on-line. SCH has also become an expert in layering subsidies and affordable programs, a strategy used by housing developers that is now necessary for many low-income families seeking to become homeowners. – less – More from ZoomInfo »