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Have A Building Citation? Workshop Aims To Teach Pilsen Homeowners How To Navigate Building Violations

The Resurrection Project will host the event, which will cover home safety and how residents can navigate building citations Tuesday in Pilsen.

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PILSEN — Homeowners with questions about a building citation will have a chance to get some answers from the city during a workshop this week in Pilsen.

The Resurrection Project is set to host a Know Your Homeownership Rights workshop from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Benito Juarez Community Academy, 1450 W. Cermak Road.

Chicago Police Department officials will present on several topics surrounding home safety and share information on how residents can navigate building citations.

The workshop aims to empower homeowners with resources on how best to resolve these issues independently without seeking legal counsel, said Lisette Carretero, Homeowner Services Manager at the Resurrection Project.

Building violations can trigger the loss of a property if you don’t resolve it in a timely manner, Carretero said.

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Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th) will also be on hand to discuss a recently passed ordinance that prevents real estate developers from contacting homeowners within a 180 period after a homeowner said they are not interested in selling their property. 

Carretero said the workshop aims to educate homeowners to prevent them from falling prey to “predatory tactics used by developers in gentrifying neighborhoods.” 

“Our main goal here is for homeowners to sustain homeownership and have the opportunity to build generational wealth,” Carretero said.

Spanish Coalition for Housing, Legal Aid Chicago will also be on hand to provide resources. 

The workshop is part of the Pilsen Planning Committee’s Quality of Life Plan’s Mi Hogar/My Home initiative.

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