Archive for July 2013

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 »

Citywide Housing Rights Bus Tour takes the streets (video)

On June 8, three community organizations united to tour neighborhoods they identified as the hardest hit by housing issues in Chicago. In the hopes of putting a face on foreclosures and evictions, organizers of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign, Communities United Against Foreclosure and Eviction, and Centro Autónomo de Albany Park organized the Citywide Housing Rights... Read more »

Has privatizing Chicago public housing done much to desegregate it?

Veteran fair housing advocate Christine Klepper recently told me, “You can’t undo segregation and Jim Crow in a short period of time.” We were talking about segregation in Chicago’s public housing, something that the Chicago Housing Authority and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have been trying to undo for the past four... Read more »
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Why the Voting Rights Act is still relevant despite the demographic shift in voting patterns

Why the Voting Rights Act is still relevant despite the demographic shift in voting patterns
It was one of the big stories coming out of the 2012 election campaign – the minority vote. For the first time ever, the rate of black voters surpassed that of whites in the United States, by 2.1 percentage points. According to the 2012 Census report on voter turnout, 64.1 percent of white voters came... Read more »

Barber Shop Show: Chicago media legend Merri Dee on surviving gun violence

Merri Dee has overcome abuse, a gunshot to the head, and a bevy of racism and sexism in media to become a Chicago broadcast legend and a philanthropist. She calls her life both tragic – and full of miracles. Dee has a memoir out – Merri Dee, Life Lessons on Faith, Forgiveness and Grace –... Read more »

Fear, mistrust linger in immigrant neighborhood after weekend raid of South Side flea market

Fear, mistrust linger in immigrant neighborhood after weekend raid of South Side flea market
Days after a Saturday morning Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid at a popular flea market, immigrant rights advocates are calling for an end to federal operations in their neighborhoods that they say only incite fear – and could make immigrants mistrustful of immigration reform. At 10:30 a.m. on June 29, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland... Read more »
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Lloyd Kelly, once investigated by the Reporter, now indicted for mismanaging AIDS funds

Lloyd Kelly, once investigated by the Reporter, now indicted for mismanaging AIDS funds
When The Chicago Reporter first wrote about Lloyd Kelly in 2009, he was one piece in a noxious puzzle that led to the failure of one of the first AIDS programs for black communities in Illinois. Kelly was the co-founder and executive director of the Let’s Talk, Let’s Test Foundation, the number one recipient of... Read more »