Posts tagged "public housing"

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 »

CHA proposes cutting public housing waitlist in half

Chicago Housing Authority officials introduced a plan on Wednesday that could potentially knock thousands of families, elderly and disabled people off the waitlist for public housing because they failed to register a current address. In all, 47,536 applicants–53 percent of people on the public housing waiting lists–could be affected by the proposal. CHA Chief Executive... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

As former Cabrini residents try to look forward, our photos reflect their past

Cabrini Green and the Magnificent Mile. Photo by David Schalliol.
True or false? Most of the people who lived in Cabrini-Green before demolition started will get to return to the new condos and town homes that have been or are being built. It was a question I asked a classroom full of adults to answer one recent Saturday morning, crowded into a children’s classroom at... Read more »
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The Barber Shop Show: Section 8 vouchers and analyzing this month's news

On our last episode of the Barber Shop Show, we talked about our latest investigation into discrimination against Section 8 subsidized housing voucher holders in suburban Cook County. Joining us in the studio was a tenant who chose to remain anonymous in name, but agreed to talk on video about the triumphs and pitfalls of... Read more »

Cook County adds 1,350 affordable housing units

Cook County adds 1,350 affordable housing units
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced today the county will create at least 1,350 new affordable housing units this year. The units will include 1,000 new subsidized housing vouchers, 200 units that will be repurposed for public housing and another 150 units for homeless veterans. All of the units will be paid for with... Read more »

Chicago Housing Authority's accounting of empty units draws attention from HUD

I walked into the Chicago Housing Authority’s annual meeting Tuesday as Commissioner Mildred Harris ticked through a checklist of the agency’s recent successes. More than 800 new units are slated to open up this year; the occupancy at family sites sits at 98.8 percent; and mixed-income developments are 97.8 percent leased out. Having just reported... Read more »
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Will Lathrop Homes' spot on National Register of Historic Places save it from the bulldozer?

Will Lathrop Homes' spot on National Register of Historic Places save it from the bulldozer?
Lathrop Homes was public housing before public housing existed. Built in the late 1930s as a project of the Works Progress Administration during the depression, the low-rise brick buildings along the Chicago River don’t look like the massive concrete towers built decades later. The courtyard layout, complete with archways, decorative windows and stone medallions are... Read more »