By Ellyn Fortino
Chicago's six-county region recorded 13,916 new foreclosure filings in the first half of 2014, a nearly 38 percent drop from a year ago and the lowest level reached since 2007, according to a report by the Woodstock Institute.
The dramatic dip in foreclosure filings comes after "months of sustained year-over-year declines," the Woodstock Institute said in an announcement last week of the new data.
In the city of Chicago, a total of 3,950 properties began the foreclosure process during the first half of 2014, a 34.4 percent decrease from a year ago.
Although local foreclosure filings have hit pre-recession levels, Chicago activists working on the ground to help struggling homeowners say many communities, particularly low-wealth and majority minority neighborhoods, continue to grapple with the effects of the housing crisis.