Last month, we rolled out an investigation, "Home Evasion," which revealed that nearly 1 in 5 Chicago Housing Authority apartments is sitting empty at a time when 35,000 families are on a waitlist hoping for an apartment to open up.
But that hasn't stopped the rent checks from flowing from the federal government to the local housing authority.
Over the weekend, I was on George Blaise's show, 26 n. halsted, talking about the vacancy issue. Here's a recap:
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the agency that's cutting those rent checks, is tuned into the vacancy issue.
“This is not something that we’re taking lightly,” HUD spokeswoman Donna White told us back in June. “We are working with the CHA to get some of these units back online.”
A delegation of federal housing officials recently toured the Julia C. Lathrop Homes and the Francis Cabrini Rowhouses--two developments with the some of the highest vacancy rates. And yesterday, HUD Assistant Secretary for Indian and Public Housing, Sandra Henriquez, was onsite at Lathrop for a meeting on the topic.
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