Posts tagged "CHA"

Missed opportunities for poor families

Missed opportunities for poor families
This post was reported and written by James Reddick, a former Chicago Reporter intern. Shinette Johnson tacks off a list of amenities in an apartment she recently saw for rent in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. “It was gorgeous,” she says. “Fireplace, master bedroom, my dream bathroom. The kitchen was a little tight, but it was... Read more »

With ‘exclusive’ mayoral control, a new CHA chief may make little difference

With ‘exclusive’ mayoral control, a new CHA chief may make little difference
Natalie Saffold lived in LeClaire Courts for 23 years before the public housing complex was closed down in 2009. She raised three children there. Now 57, Saffold lives in a public housing apartment in Bridgeport. But she still hasn’t given up hope that she’ll one day move back to the area as part of the... Read more »

Dead-End Leases for Subsidized Renters

Imagine moving into a new apartment only to find out a few months later that your building is in foreclosure? Ok, now imagine it happening two you twice in less than a decade. Johneece Cobb, a 45-year-old community college student, didn’t see it coming when she signed a lease a couple years ago. Having been... Read more »
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CHA residents call on city to end contracts with Leon Finney Jr.

When Chicago’s Department of Buildings added Leon Finney Jr. to a short list of scofflaw landlords who are barred from doing business with the city in 2011 because he had ignored dangerous code violations in some of his rental buildings, it might have seemed like the politically connected pastor and developer from Woodlawn would be... Read more »

Cabrini Rowhouses residents sue CHA, citing broken promises

Cabrini Rowhouses residents sue CHA, citing broken promises
One of the last vestiges of the Cabrini-Green public housing complex on Chicago’s Near North Side, the Frances Cabrini Rowhouses are not going down without a fight. The Cabrini-Green Local Advisory Council on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Housing Authority for what residents say are broken promises to rehab the complex and preserve... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Obama comes home, SRO protest slideshow and segregation in the CHA

What's Up This Week: Obama comes home, SRO protest slideshow and segregation in the CHA
Obama Returns. President Barack Obama will visit Chicago Friday to discuss the gun violence in his home town. The announcement of his return comes shortly after the funeral of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old student who performed at Obama’s inauguration ceremony and was fatally shot on Jan. 30. SRO Protest. The Lakeview Action Coalition had a... Read more »
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CHA misses the mark (again) on creating low-income apartments

CHA misses the mark (again) on creating low-income apartments
Back in 2000, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development took a gamble on Chicago. The federal agency agreed to deregulate the Chicago Housing Authority in exchange for then-Mayor Richard M. Daley’s commitment to tear down thousands of substandard and poorly managed public housing units and replace 25,000 of them within a decade. The... Read more »

Minority firms with clout, contributions get a piece of O'Hare cargo contract

Minority firms with clout, contributions get a piece of O'Hare cargo contract
If you’re a minority firm looking for city work, it certainly helps to know people in high places and to be generous come campaign time. Last week,  the city council gave Maryland-based Aeroterm, LLC the green light to issue bonds to pay for part of a multi-million dollar cargo project at O’Hare International Airport. Initially,... 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 »
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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 »