Lesar Lecture to focus on affordable housing as a human right

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Lesar Lecture to focus on affordable housing as a human right

October 24, 2018, by Pete Rosenbery

Juan Carlos LinaresCARBONDALE, Ill. — Housing policies in the United States and efforts to legislate and enforce fair housing will be among the key points in a lecture next week at the SIU School of Law.

Juan Carlos Linares, executive director of the Latin United Community Housing Association, a Chicago-based affordable housing agency, will present the Hiram H. Lesar Distinguished Lecture on Oct. 30 at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. In its 36th year, LUCHA assists more than 8,000 clients in the Midwest each year by offering housing counseling, foreclosure prevention and legal assistance.

Linares’ presentation, “Advancing Housing as a Human Right,” is at 5 p.m. Oct. 30 in the SIU School of Law Auditorium. The event is free, and the public is invited.

This is the 22nd lecture in the series established to honor founding Dean Hiram H. Lesar. A reception will follow the lecture in the law school’s formal lounge.


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Reporters, photographers and camera crews are welcome to attend the Lesar Distinguished Lecture with Juan Carlos Linares at 5 p.m. on Oct. 30 in the SIU School of Law Auditorium. For more information or to arrange interviews, contact Michele Mekel, director of external relations, at mmekel@siu.edu or 618/453-8768.


Housing is a ‘baseline’ for basic needs and offers stability  

Linares said housing serves as a platform for local and national policy making, which can drive the economy but also separate groups. 

“Whether we are discussing the unbalanced distribution of subsidies to homeowners versus renters, or the historic discrimination that has kept communities of color from opportunity and advancement, housing has been the root of many of our contemporary social ills,” Linares said. “But it is also a vehicle for which genuine individual participation can drive economic growth, social mobility, environmental sustainability and policy innovation.” 

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