US City of Evanston to Pay Reparation to Black Residents


Council members of the city of Evanston, Illinois, have voted in favor of giving funds to Black residents as a form of reparations for housing discrimination —the first city in the United States to take such action.

For Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, the architect of the Evanston Local Reparations Restorative Housing Program and Program Budget, it was an “initial first step” after years of discussion and input from locals.

The move has been closely followed in the US and could become a model for elsewhere in the country as racial injustice has risen up the political and public agenda.

Under the plan, residents who qualify will receive $25,000 to use toward home improvements or mortgage assistance.

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