Archive for September 2013

CHA proposes cutting public housing waitlist in half

Chicago Housing Authority officials introduced a plan on Wednesday that could potentially knock thousands of families, elderly and disabled people off the waitlist for public housing because they failed to register a current address. In all, 47,536 applicants–53 percent of people on the public housing waiting lists–could be affected by the proposal. CHA Chief Executive... Read more »

The face of poverty in Chicago suburbs is no longer what you might think

If the suburbs once represented the American dream, recent poverty numbers show it may be time to reconsider the concept.  The suburbs once symbolized a certain level of financial success and comfort, while cities were where most of the nation’s poor lived. Now the suburbs seem to have caught up. In fact, since 1990 there... Read more »

A way out of poverty: New Illinois law allows some felons to have their records sealed

A way out of poverty: New Illinois law allows some felons to have their records sealed
In the 1980s, Rita Allison shoplifted from a suburban department store. It happened so long ago that she doesn’t remember the name of the store, or what exactly it was she stole. But Allison, 55, said she was caught – and charged with six felony counts. The Chicago Reporter met Allison at a weekend forum... Read more »
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Dead-End Leases for Subsidized Renters

Imagine moving into a new apartment only to find out a few months later that your building is in foreclosure? Ok, now imagine it happening two you twice in less than a decade. Johneece Cobb, a 45-year-old community college student, didn’t see it coming when she signed a lease a couple years ago. Having been... Read more »

Talking green on ‘The Barber Shop Show’

Talking green on ‘The Barber Shop Show’
Urban gardening, or as some call it, urban farming is taking root in low-income areas across Chicago, as green plots spring up on the thousands of acres of vacant lots that dot the South and the West Sides. And with it come skills, revenue and a greater sense of community. The growth of urban agriculture... Read more »

The trials of George Zimmerman: a public referendum on his guilt

The trials of George Zimmerman: a public referendum on his guilt
It’s been more than a month since a Florida jury of six women acquitted George Zimmerman in the murder of the unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin–and Zimmerman essentially walked off into the sunset. But for social justice activists all over the country that wasn’t the end of the story. They held protests in the days after... Read more »
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