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Uptown in the News  

April 4, 2004
Chicago Tribune
Try finding a home when you can't speak English
By Jane Adler, special to the Tribune

The U.S. population is growing increasingly diverse, but low-income seniors who don't speak English still find it difficult to get an apartment. New immigrants and refugees must navigate a sometimes bewildering array of bureaucracies. Even non-English-speaking seniors who've lived here for years can find it daunting to locate affordable housing.

A number of social service agencies help non-English-speaking seniors find housing. These grass-roots groups generally form among immigrant populations to provide mutual support. The most successful groups tend to have been operating for years and also have a large local population base.

The Korean American Senior Center refers seniors to apartment buildings occupied primarily by Koreans. There are about 30 such buildings in Uptown.

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