Posts tagged "Chicago public housing"

Chicago activists make plea to HUD on CHA vacancies

Chicago activists make plea to HUD on CHA vacancies
They’re supposed to be “uninhabitable.” But on a tour of vacant public housing units, Jimi Miller says didn’t see anything that couldn’t be fixed on a weekend “honey-do” list. “The board ups weren’t in sparkling condition, but they were generally habitable, just poorly maintained,” said Miller. “There were places that if, you know, I were... Read more »

Cabrini rowhouses: a last look?

Cabrini rowhouses: a last look?
A friend of mine and documentary photographer Nathan Lanthrum shared this photo with me of the Cabrini rowhouses. Lanthrum has been documenting the changes in Cabrini in the last year through photography and sent me this shot. Just what will happen to the rowhouses is still up in the air, although we know now that... 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 »
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Read the Reporter in The New York Times!

Read the Reporter in The New York Times!
For years, public housing advocates have complained about the Chicago Housing Authority’s one strike policy–the policy that make families eligible for eviction if anyone in their household is arrested, even if the charges are later dropped. We’ve all wondered: Just how many families are being evicted each year? And for what? Is the one strike... Read more »

The last Cabrini high-rise is demolished

Today marks a historic end point–the end of Cabrini-Green. A few months back, the last building was closed, and residents were shuffled out and relocated. Today, the wrecking ball gave the high-rise at 1230 N. Burling St. its first blow, one of many that will result in its disappearance within a week. I’ve been covering... Read more »

What will Chicago's future mayor do with the city's public housing?

Last night, public housing residents and leaders from across the city gathered to hear Chicago’s mayoral hopefuls answer one important question: What are you going to do with our homes? The answer? Well, it was a bit fuzzy. To start with, only three of the six candidates running for mayor even bothered to show up,... Read more »
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News Roundup: Austin CAPS cuts worry residents

Proposed reassignments of Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) officers have begun, and already some Austin residents are concerned. Community leaders are worried that communication will weaken between the police and residents. The region has the fourth highest level of crime in the city. More at chicagoreporter.com   Also in the news... The CHA has formed... Read more »

CHA commissioners hesitant over Lathrop Homes

In the many Chicago Housing Authority board meetings I’ve been to, I’ve never seen a single split vote. Usually, anything that comes before the board is approved unanimously. Once, I’ve seen the commissioners threaten not to vote for something. And a friend told me once she saw a few vote no. More at chicagoreporter.com But... Read more »

Remembering Cabrini-Green as it was

1230 N. Burling St., the last Cabrini-Green building that is still open.
Awhile back, I sat on the porch of one of the new condos that’s been built where the Cabrini-Green housing project one stood. I was talking with two girls – twin sisters – who had grown up in the high rise buildings but now lived in one of the new units with their parents. More... Read more »
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