Posts tagged "housing"

Life in an SRO: When temporary housing becomes a home

Single Room Occupancy hotels once were envisioned as transitory residences – where people needing a leg up for a short time could pay a low weekly rate for rent before moving on to something better. But in reality, they are anything but temporary. The Rosemoor Hotel in the West Loop neighborhood has residents who have... Read more »

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 »

SRO tenants see unionizing as last chance to fight developer

The Rosemoor Hotel follows a script that has been playing out across Chicago the past few years. The Chateau Hotel, the New Jackson Hotel, and many others have had their dramas, as the single-room-occupancy hotels, or SROs, have been bought up by developers with grander plans than providing low-income housing. SROs tenants have protested, marched... Read more »
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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 »

Citywide Housing Rights Bus Tour takes the streets (video)

On June 8, three community organizations united to tour neighborhoods they identified as the hardest hit by housing issues in Chicago. In the hopes of putting a face on foreclosures and evictions, organizers of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign, Communities United Against Foreclosure and Eviction, and Centro Autónomo de Albany Park organized the Citywide Housing Rights... Read more »

Has privatizing Chicago public housing done much to desegregate it?

Veteran fair housing advocate Christine Klepper recently told me, “You can’t undo segregation and Jim Crow in a short period of time.” We were talking about segregation in Chicago’s public housing, something that the Chicago Housing Authority and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have been trying to undo for the past four... Read more »
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Report shows another casualty of foreclosure crisis: renters

Report shows another casualty of foreclosure crisis: renters
You hear a lot about the foreclosure crisis and its impact on homeowners. It tore through black and Latino communities like a tornado. But homeowners weren’t the only ones affected. When rental buildings go into foreclosure, the impact on renters can have long-lasting effects–and foreclosures have hit low-income neighborhoods the hardest. The 2012 annual foreclosure... Read more »

The clock is ticking to get tickets for the Reporter’s “Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me!” fundraiser

The Chicago Reporter is an investigative magazine that doesn’t shy away from the tough issues. Our 40th anniversary edition of the magazine shows just that: We looked at some of the changes in 40 years of the Reporter’s main beats–criminal justice, immigration, labor and housing. But we also know when it’s time to celebrate the... Read more »

Everything you want to know about the Reporter's investigations and the lawsuits they started

From the practice of redlining in the 1960s to predatory lending in the 2000s, racial disparities in housing have long played out in Chicago. And for much of that time, The Chicago Reporter has been there to dig up the dirt on why it’s happening and who is profiting from it. This timeline looks at... 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 »