Posts tagged "SRO"

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 »

SRO tenants union wins reprieve for low-income residents

SRO tenants union wins reprieve for low-income residents
The Rosemoor Tenants Union was born only months ago in a windowless room near Teamster City. But the association, created to represent long-time tenants of the Rosemoor Hotel, a Single Room Occupancy building in the West Loop, already has a victory under its belt. On Oct. 3, a Cook County judge found in favor of... 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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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 »

SLIDESHOW: Lakeview community members protest to keep Hotel Chateau residents from homelessness

Tenants and community members gathered on March 7 to demand that action be taken by either 46th Alderman James Cappleman or the new owner of Hotel Chateau. They are seeking to protect current residents from possible homelessness in Lakeview on March 7.
Tenants and community members gathered Thursday to demand that either 46th Alderman James Cappleman or the new owner of the Hotel Chateau to protect current residents from possible homelessness. The Chateau, a single-room-occupancy hotel located in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, has functioned as the housing of last resort for the working poor in the area for... Read more »

What's Up This Week: SRO residents worry about living on the streets; The New Jim Crow; holding police accountable

What's Up This Week: SRO residents worry about living on the streets; The New Jim Crow; holding police accountable
Homeless? Curtis Horton and his partner Henrietta Riley could be facing life on the streets after the sale of the Chateau, a single-room-occupancy hotel the two are currently living in. Read their story on Chicago Muckrakers this morning. The New Jim Crow. Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, compared the large number of... Read more »
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As Hotel Chateau closes, couple fears becoming homeless

As Hotel Chateau closes, couple fears becoming homeless
“The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want.” The Bible’s entire 23rd Psalm is written in marker, framed on the yellowed stucco wall next to the red flyswatter hanging from a nail. Cans of food line the shelf in the tiny coat closet, a makeshift pantry. The psalm is a reminder to keep going... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Pictures behind Chicago's violence problem, SRO sale fallout and reviewing sex-trade legislation

What's Up This Week: Pictures behind Chicago's violence problem, SRO sale fallout and reviewing sex-trade legislation
#2young2die. Every day this week we’ll be showcasing a photograph from our Too Young to Die series by photojournalist Carlos Javier Ortiz. Look out for them on our Facebook page. Front Lines. It’s women on the front lines of the sex trade who bear the brunt of harsh policing against prostitution. One of our blogs... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., wage gaps and thefts, and residents struggling to keep their homes

What's Up This Week: Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., wage gaps and thefts, and residents struggling to keep their homes
MLK Day. It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Chicago is full of events that range from offering information on fighting foreclosures and evictions to calling for immigration reform or simply celebrating King’s legacy. Wage Gap. For every dollar that a white man makes, a black woman brings home 64 cents and a Hispanic woman... Read more »
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What's Up This Week: Abbate and the "code of silence"; caroling against evictions; an immigrant's Christmas wish

 What's Up This Week: Abbate and the "code of silence"; caroling against evictions; an immigrant's Christmas wish
Code of Silence. If the city of Chicago gets its wish to reverse a recent jury verdict that a “code of silence” in the Chicago Police Department tried to shield off-duty officer Anthony Abbate from police misconduct charges after he beat a female bartender, the city will have “no incentive to change,” according to a... Read more »