Posts tagged "vacant property ordinance"

Suit accuses director of Federal Housing Finance Agency of starving low-income rental housing program

Suit accuses director of Federal Housing Finance Agency of starving low-income rental housing program
It’s been five years since the National Housing Trust Fund was created to provide grants to states to invest in affordable rental housing for extremely low-income families. In that time, low-income renters and housing rights groups say the fund has failed at its stated goal. And they blame Ed DeMarco, the acting director of the... Read more »

What's up this week: Prisons bursting at the seams; County workshop for set asides; Protesting Harvey's lax take on vacancies

What's up this week: Prisons bursting at the seams; County workshop for set asides; Protesting Harvey's lax take on vacancies
Illinois House members are holding a meeting in Chicago on Wednesday, April 11 to discuss overcrowding in state prisons. The meeting follows Governor Pat Quinn’s suggestion in February that eight state prisons be shuttered in order to save the state $60 million. Tamms “Supermax” prison is on that list and has gotten the most attention.... Read more »

New vacant property ordinance: Will it be effective in Chicago neighborhoods?

In late July, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance designed to clean up the thousands of vacant properties left decaying in the wake of foreclosure crisis. That ordinance would hold lender and mortgage servicers accountable for the maintenance of vacant homes, declaring them responsible for the property even before they legally took ownership when... Read more »
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Lawsuit talk surrounds city's new vacant property bill

Lawsuit talk surrounds city's new vacant property bill
Last month, a City of Chicago attorney described a vacant property ordinance then before a council committee as a “very legally aggressive measure.” The attorney, Jeffrey Levine, told aldermen the bill would be an exercise of the city’s home rule authority, around which there is a substantive body of law. The council eventually passed the... Read more »