Posts tagged "U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development"

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 »

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 »

CHA misses the mark (again) on creating low-income apartments

CHA misses the mark (again) on creating low-income apartments
Back in 2000, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development took a gamble on Chicago. The federal agency agreed to deregulate the Chicago Housing Authority in exchange for then-Mayor Richard M. Daley’s commitment to tear down thousands of substandard and poorly managed public housing units and replace 25,000 of them within a decade. The... Read more »
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Bolingbrook woman takes on housing authority, Freddie Mac to keep herself from being evicted

Bolingbrook woman takes on housing authority, Freddie Mac to keep herself from being evicted
This story started out as a tragedy. Another poor woman caught up in the bureaucracy of low-income housing assistance, unhelpful government agencies and an unexpected foreclosure. Add unpaid back taxes and Freddie Mac to the saga, and Constance Coleman, 52, faced being put out on the street. But instead, it’s a victory—of sorts. Coleman will... Read more »

Woman may lose custody of niece over eviction from Rogers Park subsidized unit; rally Tuesday

Woman may lose custody of niece over eviction from Rogers Park subsidized unit; rally Tuesday
Merlene Robinson-Parsons says she calls Sheriff Tom Dart’s office every day, asking if she’s on that day’s list. So far, she hasn’t been, but she always worries about the next one. The list is of Cook County residents who, after having been evicted, are slated to be physically removed from their homes, their belongings piled... Read more »

Chicago activists make plea to HUD on CHA vacancies

Chicago activists make plea to HUD on CHA vacancies
They’re supposed to be “uninhabitable.” But on a tour of vacant public housing units, Jimi Miller says didn’t see anything that couldn’t be fixed on a weekend “honey-do” list. “The board ups weren’t in sparkling condition, but they were generally habitable, just poorly maintained,” said Miller. “There were places that if, you know, I were... Read more »
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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 »

Next on the chopping block: $73 million in federal public housing money

U.S. Senators are sharpening their knives, preparing to shave billions in federal housing and human services money slated to flow to cities, including Chicago next year. Down at City Hall, housing advocates lamented the potential loss of money they say is sorely needed to finish the overhaul of public housing and to offset rents for... Read more »