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Nov. 9 2009 - 3:13 pm | 136 views | 0 recommendations | 6 comments

Victory for Chicago family facing eviction!

Bledsoe kidsIf you’re new to One Story Up, you might not be familiar with the Bledsoe family.

Back in July, we met the family – three children who were living with their grandmother in Rogers Park when she suddenly died. Their aunt – Erica Bledsoe – became their guardian, but the company that owned their Section 8 apartment wanted to evict the family, which would have left them homeless.

After months of organizing and community support, HUD stepped in and got the company to give the family a lease. The story is pretty moving and poignant – you can listen to Erica Bledsoe tell her story on Vocalo with me last week.

We’re getting together to celebrate this important victory, next Saturday, November 14th at Mess Hall – 6932 North Glenwood Ave in Chicago from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

It’ll be a potluck with music and discussion of further efforts to start grassroots organizing within the Northpoint apartment community.


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