Foreclosed Chicago Home Is a Risky Move for Homeless Family

June 27, 2011  |  

(Chicago News Cooperative) — In a giggly voice, a small homeless girl with blue-framed glasses chased her younger brother and sister around the front porch of a long-deserted two-flat on the South Side, chanting, “Fight, fight, fight, ’cause housing is a human right.”  Jimmya Biggs, 10, and her siblings learned the chant — a nursery rhyme for the age of foreclosure — from a group of low-income-housing advocates, the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign. In a well-planned and orchestrated event on June 17, the campaign moved the children, their single mother and her teenage sister into the foreclosed building to bring attention to what the co-founder of the group, Willie J. R. Fleming, called the “twin evils” of homelessness and foreclosures.

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