Celebrating 50 years of Fair Housing

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By Oak Park Regional Housing Center

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The people of Oak Park choose this community, not just as a place to live, but as a way of life. Oak Park has committed itself to equality not only because it is legal, but because it is right …

— From Oak Park's Diversity Statement, adopted in 1973

Join us for a community forum commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Oak Park's Fair Housing Ordinance (May 6, 1968) and the U.S. Fair Housing Act:

"Courage, Perserverance and Realization" will be held this Saturday, April 21, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Oak Park Public Library Veterans Room. Hosted by the Oak Park Regional Housing Center, this free event will explore the past, present and future of fair housing, racial integration, and inclusion in Oak Park.

The program will include three sessions: 

Courage: In 1968, village leaders knew that the majority did not support fair housing, so they passed an ordinance, and received threats as a result. The courage of those leaders is one of the reasons Oak Park has become the inclusive, integrated community that it is. Learn more about our history in this panel discussion with Bobbie Raymond, founder of the Housing Center; Galen Gockel, former D97 and village board member; and John Dwyer, former village of Oak Park employee.

Perserverance: Our fair housing work is not over. This presentation on the present status of fair housing in Oak Park will feature Rob Breymaier, executive director of the Housing Center; Cheree Moore of the Community Relations Commission; and Alice McMahon of the Oak Park Area Association of Realtors.

Realization: This community envisioning session on "The Future of Fair Housing in Oak Park" features you. We're asking community residents to tell us what you want to see.

We hope to see you there — please bring your friends and neighbors.

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