Archive for September 2011

Public housing, market-rate units, and the Lathrop Homes

Public housing, market-rate units, and the Lathrop Homes
Whether market-rate units are included in the mix at a restructured Julia C. Lathrop Homes, a public housing development on the city’s North Side, is expected to be one of the major issues that arises during an upcoming planning process about the site. The development, which hugs the east bank of the Chicago River on... Read more »

Thousands of public housing units sit vacant, group claims, while homelessness rises

Thousands of public housing units sit vacant, group claims, while homelessness rises
Why would you take an old building, rehab it until it shines and then let it sit empty with no families living there? That’s exactly the question the Chicago Housing Initiative is bringing to public housing officials this morning. Its research indicates that thousands of public housing units are sitting vacant, many perfectly habitable, while... Read more »

Social service providers hit by state's payment delays

Social service providers hit by state's payment delays
The Illinois Department of Human Services and the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, agencies that administer a range of programs meant to assist some of the state’ most vulnerable families, continue to struggle with cash flow issues, department officials said late last week. As a result, many providers and vendors the state hires... Read more »
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2011's must-read story on poverty

Poverty has become a statistic. An alarming statistic, an oft-quoted statistic. We know that one in six Americans are now poor. And while that’s shocking, it’s not as shocking as the stories those Americans have to tell. This morning, I read one of the most profound pieces on American poverty after the Great Recession, put... Read more »

CHA says rowhouses won't be public housing

CHA says rowhouses won't be public housing
If you’re a housing geek like many of us at The Chicago Reporter, and you read the Chicago Housing Authority’s yearly plan, you’d probably have noticed a pattern by now–a promise to rehab the Cabrini rowhouses and keep them 100 percent public housing. Well, up until last year. Then, the plans became uncertain for this... Read more »

Plumbing the depths: population of extreme poor grows

Plumbing the depths: population of extreme poor grows
The ranks of the poor continue to swell in the country, the U.S. Census Bureau reported last Tuesday, with more than 15 percent of Americans falling beneath the federal government’s definition of poverty last year. But it’s not just that more of us are poor. The poor, the agency found, are increasingly immiserated. What researchers... Read more »
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Week in Review: A poorer America

Week in Review: A poorer America
More and more Americans are living on less income, don’t have access to health insurance and are slipping in poverty. That was the story of the week on The Chicago Reporter’s Muckraker’s blog, based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s snapshot of the economic state of households across the country. The numbers, simply put, aren’t pretty. As we noted... Read more »

City rental subsidies going to troubled buildings still a problem (UPDATED)

City rental subsidies going to troubled buildings still a problem (UPDATED)
Last September, The Chicago Reporter‘s Angela Caputo wrote about Chicago’s ineffective attempts to keep building owners who let their properties deteriorate from using taxpayer funds. Residential property owners city lawyers hauled into court for rat infestations, broken plumbing, rickety porches and other code violations nonetheless retained access to public subsidies, Caputo found. It’s still a... Read more »

Mancession? Women still bear the brunt of U.S. poverty

Mancession? Women still bear the brunt of U.S. poverty
While many have called this decade’s economic downturn a “mancession,” because of how men have been hit by the crisis, women and children are still bearing the brunt of the nation’s poverty problem, census data show. The poverty rate among women was 14.5 percent in 2010, up from 13.9 percent in 2009. Like the nation’s... Read more »
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Upside down: Poverty keeps rising, incomes keep falling

Upside down: Poverty keeps rising, incomes keep falling
More and more Americans are sliding into poverty, seeing diminishing incomes and joining the ranks of the uninsured. Those are three of the top findings in “Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010,” the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual snapshot of economic trends in U.S. households. There’s a lot to chew on... Read more »