Samantha Chatman Hosts Digital Town Hall on Black and Latino Houses Matter Program

ABC 7 Chicago will present a virtual town hall to bring awareness to the Cook County Treasurer’s Office program, Black and Latino Houses Matter is an effort to bring tax relief to Chicago homeowners who need it the most. ABC 7’s Samantha Chatman will moderate this hourlong event available on, Thursday, March 4 at 2:00 p.m.

Many people, especially in Black and Latino neighborhoods, have been hit hard by health and financial issues resulting from the pandemic. A Chicago resident can lose their home owing less than $1,000 in delinquent taxes. Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas created an innovative program aimed at removing properties with delinquent taxes from the Annual Tax Sale list.

Samantha Chatman leads a conversation with Treasurer Pappas to explain how this innovative program can give refunds for overpaid taxes and find exemptions to help families save their homes.  The treasurer will be joined by several organization partners to share ways they are reaching out to communities in need to educate them about the program. They’ll also highlight an upcoming phone bank, a joint effort between the Cook County Treasurer’s Office and ABC 7 that will give step-by-step instructions on what homeowners need to do to get assistance. The phone bank is open to everyone and is scheduled for March 11 from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m., offering help in Spanish, Polish and Chinese.

Guest panelists confirmed to date:

  • Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas
  • Dr. Janette C. Wilson, Rainbow PUSH Coalition
  • Marco Polo Valladolid, Mexican Civic Society of Illinois
  • Munson Steed, Rolling Out

The virtual town hall will also exclusively stream live on ABC 7’s Facebook Live, YouTube, ABC 7’s app and ABC 7’s connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV and Roku.





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