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Dispersed Residents of Foreclosed Houses Posing Counting Problems for Census Operations in Chicago

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Dispersed residents of foreclosed houses are posing counting problems for census operations in Chicago. Forms have been sent out but the people struggling with day to day existence have little time to give it due attention. They are struggling with basic problems like food and shelter.

Some pockets have been worst hit by foreclosures than others. One of them is North Lawndale. In 2009 there had been 362 foreclosure postings. Nearly 9,000 citizens have been impacted during the last ten years noted Kim Jackson of Lawndale Christian Development Corporation. Jackson said, “What’s going on now is a transition in the neighborhood, impacted by the recession, loss of jobs, loss of homes. Twenty percent of the 43,000 North Lawndale residents counted in the 2000 census are in transition. And these are families that were already fragile and living on basic needs.

It is not possible to find where the people have been dispersed. It could be that many have remained in the locality doubling up with friends and relations. They may be reluctant to come out with details fearing loss of governmental aid that some may be getting.

Vacant houses will be identified by the Census Bureau said the director of Chicago Regional Office, Stanley Moore. By not being counted properly the communities could suffer monetary loss. It is calculated that each person that remains uncounted would cost Chicago annually $1,200 over the next ten years. Moore explained, “Some of those residents have moved to different communities. We will make every attempt to count them regardless of where they are living now. But the community they’re living in now will receive the benefits of having that population, not the community they left.”

Rose Sanders is 79 years old. She resides in South Homan Avenue – one of the last few still staying in her block. Following the riots of 1968 the population declined. She dreams of the future when once more this place would be again a “nice place to live.” But this can be possible only if the federal dollars roll in and for that the population count will have to show strength. Sanders try to explain this to any young person who crosses her path. Many drop in to help her with her shopping. But they give her a casual ear.

Forty six year Sharon Dale has been residing here in North Lawndale all her life. She has more important things to do than to bother about the form.
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