Archive for April 2010

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 »

Nursing homes protest targets Comstock, industry leaders

Ongoing nursing home negotiations stopped yesterday when lobbyist Pat Comstock left the room in tears after learning about a protest aimed at her and other industry leaders. Rich Miller of The Capitol Fax Blog wrote:> The Community Renewal Society showed up at the office of the Health Care Council of Illinois and denounced the lobbyists... Read more »

More on the "reach" for housing

The National Low Income Housing Coalition recently released its annual report highlighting the financial burden that housing bears on low-income households. Based on federal guidelines, households spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing are deemed “rent burdened.” Overall, 49 percent of Chicago-area renters earned too little to afford typical two-bedroom apartment last... Read more »

Will nonprofit lenders be a solution for homeowners?

As regular readers know all too well, homeowners are struggling across Chicago to get loan modifications that could help them hang onto their homes. In highlighting an innovative program in Boston for homeowners, The New York Times raised the idea in March that relief could indeed come even after foreclosures are finalized. Working with borrowed money,... Read more »

"The solution is ... in ourselves"

To their credit, state Reps. LaShawn Ford and John Fritchey brought Chicago’s simmering gang violence to the forefront this week by calling for the National Guard to help get a handle on the violence. Unfortunately, the media has largely framed the issue as a political debate between officials arguing about who might take the lead... Read more »

Interfaith Worker Justice's new reader

People seeking to learn more about workers’ current situation and relationship with organized religion have a valuable new resource: Interfaith Worker Justice’s A Worker Justice Reader: Essential Writings on Religion and Labor. Edited by Joy Heine, the book contains an introduction by Kim Bobo, the organization’s founder and the author of Wage Theft in America. The dedication... Read more »