Posts tagged "Plan for Transformation"

Did Chicago's Plan for Transformation succeed?

Back in 2002, Terry Peterson, then CEO of the Chicago Housing Authority, said the city’s overhaul of public housing, dubbed the Plan For Transformation, would be successful. “I have every confidence we will succeed in improving the quality of life for the great majority of CHA residents and helping them share fully in Chicago’s blessings,”... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Chicago teachers strike, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac protest, and CHA public hearing

What's Up This Week: Chicago teachers strike, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac protest, and CHA public hearing
Here’s some of the stories relating to race and poverty that’s happening around Chicago this week: Chicago Teacher Strike. Chicago teachers are on strike for the first time in 25 years. After the the two sides failed to reach an agreement by the strike deadline Sunday, officials began to prepare to have more than 350,000... Read more »

Charles Woodyard is the new CEO of the Chicago Housing Authority

Charles Woodyard is the new CEO of the Chicago Housing Authority
Charles Woodyard, the new chief executive officer of the Chicago Housing Authority, will take the reigns of the agency at a tumultuous moment in its history. Perhaps most significantly, the housing authority’s Plan for Transformation is behind schedule, leaving empty lots scattered around redevelopment sites instead of new units in mixed-income communities. Launched in 1999,... Read more »
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Tenants to CHA: Scrap drug-testing proposal

Tenants to CHA: Scrap drug-testing proposal
Chicago Housing Authority officials and public housing residents have been at odds for years over policies created under the Plan for Transformation. While the CHA maintains that stricter lease requirements — like mandatory good neighbor classes and a one-strike eviction rule — for those living in subsidized units is key to creating harmony in new... 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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Making a mixed-income community work: Roosevelt Square

On Tuesday, residents on the Near West Side got to see plans for two new condo buildings being built as part of the Chicago Housing Authority’s mixed-income Roosevelt Square development. While launching the Plan for Transformation, the CHA made plans to demolish around 3,500 ABLA public housing units that were previously located on the site.... Read more »