To Evanston's Black residents:
Here is the link to a survey developed by the Evanston Reparations Subcommittee. The purpose of this survey is to help the City identify, prioritize, and quantify individuals for the City of Evanston Restorative Housing Reparations program.
The Restorative Housing Reparations program is the first remedy policy developed by the Reparations Subcommittee.
The Reparations Subcommittee plans to develop additional remedy policies.
The subcommittee will use completed surveys to gather information and feedback. The survey is not an application.
Your responses may be subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), but personal information such as email addresses and phone numbers are exempt from FOIA.
If you'd like to fill out a paper survey to return in person to the Civic Center, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll help to get one to you.
What kinds of questions will you answer in the survey? -- The survey asks for your ward, your age range, whether you currently live in an inter-generational home, your family name(s), whether as a Black Evanston resident you have suffered discrimination in housing.
-- It asks whether you own or rent a home in Evanston, and whether you plan to apply for the City's Restorative Housing Reparations Program.
-- In addition, it asks whether you're a direct descendent of a Black Evanston resident who resided in Evanston between 1919 and 1969, and if so, whether you know if your direct descendent suffered discrimination in housing due to City ordinance, policy, or practice.
-- Finally, you're able to suggest other remedies and repairs the City should consider, outside of education and economic development.
Make sure to fill out the survey as soon as possible and return via the web or in person/by mail to the Civic Center, 2100 Ridge, by no later than Tuesday, February 23.
Here's the link again.
And here's the PDF that you can download and fill out.