Talk Description: The vast majority of “affordable housing” programs target households with incomes at or above 50% of median income, leaving only a tiny amount of money for the lower income households who need the most help. Esther Patt looks at the housing challenges faced by low-income households from lack of affordable housing, limited aid, and discrimination based on conviction record, source of income and children.
Bio: Esther Patt is Director of the Champaign-Urbana Tenant Union and has worked on tenant issues since 1976. For 32 of those years, Esther was Coordinator of the Tenant Union at the U of I, serving student tenants. When she retired in 2012, Esther went back to Champaign-Urbana Tenant Union. Esther has been a resident in C-U since 1973 and earned a B.A. from the U of I. From 1994-2005, Esther served on the Urbana City Council member representing Ward 1.
This lecture is part of the Fall 2019 Friday Forum Lecture Series, “Womxn Rise Up.” To learn more about the Fall 2019 Friday Forum Lecture series, visit: universityymca.org/friday-forum