SCH’s mission is to provide comprehensive counseling, education and housing resources necessary for Latinos and other low-to-moderate income families in the Chicagoland area, develop competence and responsibility in meeting their financial and housing needs, and advocate for and proactively promote additional resources for them.
MISSION + HISTORY.
In 1966, Spanish Coalition for Housing began as a collaboration of groups from Chicago’s North and South side neighborhoods that sought to address issues facing the Latino community.
During this early stages, SCH became a leader in the fight against housing discrimination, redlining, and disinvestment from financial institutions. SCH organized regular meetings with the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the City of Chicago to advocate on behalf of the Latino community.
In 1973, SCH became the very first organization to be certified as a Housing Counseling Agency by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. SCH continued advancing new ideas in financial education and housing but found meteoric growth when in 1992 SCH was hand-selected by HUD to pilot a new housing counseling program and in 1996 is when SCH became the Chicago Housing Authority’s Latino offices administrator.
In 2007 we have seen a 996% increase in clients seeking foreclosure prevention. We also expanded our financial education, renter and landlord education programs to promote financial stability and prevent foreclosure, before it starts.
In 2018, SCH was named Housing Agency of the Year by the State of Illinois, recognizing the hardwork and dedication of SCH's team.
2020 marked a ground-breaking year for Spanish Coalition for Housing (SCH). Amid the novel coronavirus, SCH continued engaging with their clients, partners and funders. Innovation led our efforts and successfully hosted a series of virtual events and worked with our clients remotely. During 2020, we assisted over 600 households access emergency rental and mortgage assistance to stabilize housing and prevent homelessness.
Serving 3 regions in the Chicagoland area; North, Southeast and Southwest- SCH assists over 10,000 clients per year. We continue to deliver quality programs and compassionate service to all residents in need.
Human Resources Manager
Associate Director of Programs