Posts tagged "affordable housing"

Community activists, unions raise populist message at ‘Take Back Chicago’ rally

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More than a thousand people gathered Tuesday evening for the “Take Back Chicago” rally and town hall meeting at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum. Members of various community organizations, activists and unions called attention to such issues as the minimum wage, affordable housing, a fair tax system, school closures and healthcare. Individuals asked... Read more »

Rogers Park building could be last truly affordable housing option on Chicago’s North Side

Rogers Park building could be  last truly affordable housing option on Chicago’s North Side
In a crumbling Rogers Park high rise, a group of tenants is fighting the building’s new owner to keep in place what may be one of the last few affordable rental housing units in Rogers Park. This is the first story in a series on rental housing in Chicago for the very low income. Happy... Read more »

Suit accuses director of Federal Housing Finance Agency of starving low-income rental housing program

Suit accuses director of Federal Housing Finance Agency of starving low-income rental housing program
It’s been five years since the National Housing Trust Fund was created to provide grants to states to invest in affordable rental housing for extremely low-income families. In that time, low-income renters and housing rights groups say the fund has failed at its stated goal. And they blame Ed DeMarco, the acting director of the... Read more »
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Evictions begin for Chateau residents

Evictions begin for Chateau residents
Elizabeth Hartline received her court summons last week that told her she was being evicted from her unit at the Chateau Hotel in East Lakeview. She’s been looking for a new place to live since the end of January, when she found out that the building would be vacated, gutted and rehabbed. But she hasn’t... Read more »

The staggering gap between poor families and housing they can afford

The staggering gap between poor families and housing they can afford
When it comes to housing people can afford in Illinois, there’s a serious mismatch. A new report from the National Low-income Housing Coalition shows that for every 100 “extremely low-income” households in Illinois, only 28 affordable units are available. Extremely low-income is defined as a household with an income of 30 percent of the state’s... Read more »

Illinois' affordable housing shortage by the numbers

Illinois' affordable housing shortage by the numbers
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SLIDESHOW: Lakeview community members protest to keep Hotel Chateau residents from homelessness

Tenants and community members gathered on March 7 to demand that action be taken by either 46th Alderman James Cappleman or the new owner of Hotel Chateau. They are seeking to protect current residents from possible homelessness in Lakeview on March 7.
Tenants and community members gathered Thursday to demand that either 46th Alderman James Cappleman or the new owner of the Hotel Chateau to protect current residents from possible homelessness. The Chateau, a single-room-occupancy hotel located in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, has functioned as the housing of last resort for the working poor in the area for... Read more »

As Hotel Chateau closes, couple fears becoming homeless

As Hotel Chateau closes, couple fears becoming homeless
“The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want.” The Bible’s entire 23rd Psalm is written in marker, framed on the yellowed stucco wall next to the red flyswatter hanging from a nail. Cans of food line the shelf in the tiny coat closet, a makeshift pantry. The psalm is a reminder to keep going... Read more »

Mapping lost housing: Lakeview's disappearing SRO hotels

Mapping lost housing: Lakeview's disappearing SRO hotels
I recently got word from Bob Zuley, a reporter and affordable housing advocate in Lakeview, that another single room occupancy hotel was closing–the Abbott– leaving  its 37 residents scrambling to find housing before the year is done. I interviewed Zuley a few weeks back about his years of reporting on these single room occupancy hotels,... Read more »
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Lakeview shedding affordable housing units: an interview with reporter and activist Bob Zuley

Lakeview shedding affordable housing units: an interview with reporter and activist Bob Zuley
Chicago Muckrakers is taking a look at affordable housing in the Lakeview neighborhood, specifically single room occupancy buildings or hotels that often function as the housing of last resort for working-poor in the area. The neighborhood has seen these SRO buildings closed and transformed into high-end housing one-by-one for the past few years. Now, only... Read more »