Community Relations, the Leadership Council's oldest program,
worked in a variety of settings to foster leadership supportive of equal
housing opportunity. The Community Relations Program engaged in
organizing, education and outreach, and advocacy to advance fair housing
and encourage diverse and inclusive communities for healthy community
and regional well-being.
Accomplishments of the Community Relations Program include:
- Developing a Fair Housing Advocate Training Program that has
trained than 190 low- and moderate-income residents in 16 Chicago area
communities and Rockford, IL to advocate for fair housing and improved
human relations at the local level.
- Strengthening Northwest Cook Leaders, a leadership network
working to promote diversity in the northwest suburbs through
activities that include fair housing education, advocacy on behalf of
immigrants, and organizing of an annual Diversity Walk.
- Working with the Chicago CRA Coalition to organize a suburban
forum on the Community Reinvestment Act and opportunities to foster
community development in Chicago suburbs by partnering with banks and
- Partnering with the Interfaith Leadership Project to advocate
for a complete reform of code enforcement practices in the City of
Berwyn and staging forums for elected officials on code enforcement and
- Helping the New Alliances Task Force, an initiative of the
FDIC and the Mexican Consulate, to develop new initiatives for
expanding immigrants' access to banking and lending products and
The Relations program also looked to develop leadership in
support of community diversity, expand the Fair Housing Advocate
Training Program, and engage in community building efforts in
neighborhoods impacted by the CHA Plan for Transformation in the city of
Chicago and surrounding communities.