Ramirez Appointed to State Housing Task Force & Cultural Districts Advisory Committee
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Sept. 29, 2021 Luis Carrizales, Chief of Staff
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Continuing her work to make housing and community development a
top policy priority at the state level, State Representative Delia C. Ramirez (D-Chicago) has been appointed to serve on the State’s Housing Task Force and the newly formed State Designated Cultural Districts Advisory Committee. Rep. Ramirez was appointed to these roles earlier this month as the house representative designated by Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch.
The State Housing Task Force is charged with developing an annual Comprehensive Housing Plan that includes recommendations on State actions to promote affordable housing, and specific suggestions and options for local governments and municipalities. The Task Force is administered by the Illinois Housing Development Authority and is composed of 43 members including Government officials and housing experts from rural, suburban and urban areas from across the state.
“Housing is a human right. I am committed to protecting that right because everyone should be safely housed. The fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed what too many of us already knew, we are in a housing crisis. We will not have real economic recovery while people are being thrown out of their homes. Housing insecurity makes it more difficult for people to hold down jobs, support local businesses, and makes our communities less safe. Recovery from this pandemic depends on people having stable, secure and affordable housing options. I am grateful to be part of the State’s Housing Task Force charged with making sure we have a long term and comprehensive plan to respond to this crisis”
State Designated Cultural Districts are a new initiative that will be housed under the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. This initiative will help spur economic development in communities across the state by creating a state designation to help communities promote and preserve their unique cultural legacies. An Advisory Committee composed of government and community stakeholders will work with DCEO to implement this initiative.
“I was proud to sponsor legislation to create State Designated Cultural Districts and now I am excited to serve on the Advisory Committee for this new and innovative approach to community development and cultural preservation. Our state is rich with culturally diverse communities and we must do more to promote and preserve them. I am looking forward to partnering with DCEO on this endeavor as we develop new approaches to support community driven economic development.”