State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins Honored for Improving Urban Neighborhoods
Chicago Neighborhood Housing Services has named State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago) the recipient of the 2022 Gale Cincotta Community Visionary Award for her many years of work improving urban neighborhoods.
The NHS selected Collins for the award because of her recent success in tackling predatory lenders in low-income communities, as well as her efforts to tackle racial bias in mortgage lending.
“The sad truth is that housing insecurity is more common in lower-income black and brown majority neighborhoods that have been disadvantaged by decades of divestment and racist housing policies,” Collins said. “I’m proud that I was able to help pass laws and pressure city and state leaders to turn these neighborhoods into real communities that people are proud to call home. “
No sitting Illinois lawmaker has done more than Collins to help keep families in good homes. When the Great Recession threatened thousands of families with foreclosure and eviction, she took steps to implement new programs and protections for landlords and renters.
She passed laws that created counseling programs for families at risk of foreclosure, requiring banks and other financial institutions that offer mortgages to participate in a nationwide licensing system, and allowing nonprofit organizations to provide assistance to families in need.
The NHS has established the Gale Cincotta Community Visionary Award to recognize outstanding leadership in the effort to rebuild urban neighbourhoods. Gale Cincotta was a prominent community activist who fought for neighborhoods and community groups and worked to eliminate redlining and discriminatory practices against low-income and minority communities.