Action Now values safe communities, and we believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to live in safe, affordable housing and that affordable housing not only provides families with a place to live, but also builds the community to becoming more stable and vibrant.
Chicago was among the hardest hit cities during the Great Recession, leaving tens of thousands of homeowners without options. Over 70,000 properties have been foreclosed upon with most of them occurring on the south and west sides of the city. Big banks came into the neighborhoods and tossed homeowners out on the street. Those very same banks then abandoned the homes and left them to rot.
The properties became dilapidated and havens for criminal activity. Action Now members have taken to the streets to demand banks be held accountable for these homes. We successfully pushed an ordinance through City Council that fines banks if they neglect the properties.
Additionally, we worked with county leaders to implement the Cook County Land Bank Authority aiming to work with local residents and businesses to turn the properties around.
We still have work to do. We need you join us and take a stand for affordable housing, fixing up vacant properties, and making our neighborhoods vibrant communities.