Homes Are Still Out Of Reach For African American Communities In North Lawndale
Homes Are Still Out Of Reach For African American Communities In North Lawndale
January 21, 2020 11:21 AM
Navindra Persaud

Residents in North Lawndale, Chicago are still fighting to stay in the community years after Martin Luther King worked to address unfair housing practices in the area. Residents say trying to secure a mortgage in the area is still tough, according to an ABC 7 Chicago report.

Princess Shaw, a resident who currently rents in the North Lawndale area, revealed that she was turned down at least 10 times in the past five years while trying to secure a mortgage on a home in the area, according to the report.

"Every time you go you get your hopes up like, 'Yes, I'm finally going to make it. This is it, this is the one,' just to be let down," said Shaw, according to the report.

Shaw said that lenders look at the addresses and often suggest moving out of the neighborhood, however, she insists on being there because she cares about her history.

"Dr. Martin Luther King is part of that North Lawndale's history. In 1966, he and wife Coretta moved into an apartment at 15th and Hamlin to draw attention to unfair housing practices," according to the report.

"In 1966 thousands of African Americans came to Chicago during the Great Migration. Most of them were renters because of a practice called redlining, which made owning a home nearly impossible for them."

While redlining is illegal today, residents trying to own a home in the area are running into roadblocks.

To learn more about the mortgage woes in the African American community in North Lawndale, Chicago, click here.

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