Housing Center ready to help village manager

Opinion: Letters To The Editor

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After reading last week's front-page article, "Village manger may soon be 'homeless,'" the staff of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center could not pass up the possibility to offer our services.

If Mr. Barwin would like to find an apartment or house to rent, we would be happy to help him find one in Oak Park through our excellent rental referral service. Since all the best owners in Oak Park participate with our program, we have the village's best apartments in our listings.

If he is more inclined to buy a home, our HUD-Certified West Cook Homeownership Program staff would be delighted to have him join us at one of our first-time homebuyer workshops. In two hours, he will get great information about finding the perfect home with a responsible mortgage. Sticking with us a bit longer will get him a certificate. However, his income is a little high to qualify for our financial assistance grants.

Either way, rent or buy, the Housing Center is there for him — and everyone one else, for that matter — when he looks for a new home.

Rob Breymaier
Executive director, Oak Park Regional Housing Center

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OP Resident  

Posted: December 12th, 2010 8:29 PM

Of course, the Oak Park village manger is not going to be homeless. I guess Rob Breymaier was just cracking wise about the situation. I do wonder how the Oak Park Regional Housing Center is helping to address homelessness? There are too many folks in Oak Park facing grim economic realities and may be one paycheck away from being out on the streets. What can Breymaier tell us about people who have recently lost their homes to foreclosure? Did he offer them assistance or referral?

Violet Aura  

Posted: December 11th, 2010 6:58 PM

Oh please! The real deal is that the prices for real estate dictate that only those who have boffo bucks can afford to buy a house in a decent part of town. See how that works? No fuss, no muss with any "undesirables" because it's not about black and white, it's about GREEN. And how can a lower-income person afford any house in OP with the taxes (in addition to home prices). So all the "progressives" can avoid the riff-raff while being able to sleep at night. Lawl!

Joel A. Schoenmeyer from Oak Park  

Posted: December 11th, 2010 4:12 PM

The Oak Park Regional Housing Center works with white folks too? I thought their mission was simply to steer black families out of Oak Park, so that the "appropriate" racial balance can be maintained. http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/the-gatekeeper/Content?oid=903730

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