Posts tagged "HUD"

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 »

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 »

Illinois' affordable housing shortage by the numbers

Illinois' affordable housing shortage by the numbers
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Poll: Americans say raise taxes on the rich rather than cut programs for the poor

Poll: Americans say raise taxes on the rich rather than cut programs for the poor
Take from the rich to feed the poor? That’s what looks good to most Americans when it comes to negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff. A recent Pew Research Center poll showed that a whopping 69 percent of people approve of President Barack Obama’s proposal to raise taxes on Americans making over $250,000 a year.... Read more »

Chopping the deficit by eliminating "public housing" for the rich

Chopping the deficit by eliminating "public housing" for the rich
When it comes to talking about public housing, there’s never a shortage of comments that go something like this: “I don’t want my tax dollars paying for that god-forsaken place where people are just lying around all day, watching TV and smoking dope.” Well, it turns out, you should be shaking your head and thinking... Read more »