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This Summer is All About Affordable Housing in Evanston: Do Your Part!

Have you purchased your ticket for Taste of Evanston yet? Don't miss out! There are only enough tickets for 500 people and it sold out last year!

The Taste will happen from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 14 at the Evanston History Center and is sponsored by the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club. You'll enjoy delicious appetizers, entrees, desserts, and drinks from 40 of Evanston's trendiest restaurants and your ticket will support the incredibly urgent work of Connections for the Homeless and Reba Place Development Corp, which are working on Evanston's housing crisis and helping to end homelessness.

Connections for the Homeless helps individuals and families who are homeless or threatened with homelessness to achieve stable housing.

Reba Place Development Corporation develops safe, decent, and affordable housing that demonstrates how the diverse racial and cultural groups in Evanston can thrive together. Reba Place also sponsors and supports a range of affordable housing options-including modestly priced rental units, housing coops, and affordable condominiums.

Dear Evanston is proud to be a sponsor of this fun and important (and delicious) event.

I was honored recently to interview the Taste of Evanston's emcee, The Chicago Sun-Times' award-winning columnist Maudlyne Ihejirika, an Evanston resident who has spent her journalism career focusing on urban issues, including housing and homelessness in the Chicago area. Take a listen to her take on affordable housing.

Get your Taste tickets here.

In addition to attending the Taste, consider helping to address Evanston's housing crisis by attending upcoming meetings about an affordable housing campaign that's being organized by Connections for the Homeless/Joining Forces for Affordable Housing and Reclaim Evanston.

Please attend the scheduled meeting specific to your ward to discuss the housing crisis, share your stories, and come up with proposed solutions!

We need our entire community to work together to make Evanston more affordable and to maintain its diversity.

The first meeting in the series is in Cicely L. Fleming, 9th Ward Alderwoman's ward on Monday, July 15 from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Reba Place Community Center, 535 Custer Street.

Here's the link to the event page where you can learn more and RSVP.

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