Marvin Edwards, a long-time Cabrini-Green tenant and community leader, pulled up on West Scott Street at little after 7 a.m. today to watch as a wrecking crew started taking down the last of the public housing development's high-rises. Edwards didn't live in 1230 N. Burling, the building being demolished, but he had a lot of memories of the structure, both good and tragic. There was the time in the early 1980s when his sister, a musician, was practicing with a band called the Electric Force in 1230 N. Burling. During the session, a gang member shot the band's drummer, he said, mistaking him for someone else. Still, for Edwards, the swing of the wrecking ball this morning marked a bittersweet moment. "This is home. To see the final building about to come down brings tears to your eyes," Edwards said. "This was home to so many people."
Advocacy groups are calling on members of Congress to think twice before pulling the plug on what could be a crucial tool to combat foreclosures. Just about everyone agrees the Obama administration's Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) has been an epic failure. But the Chicago metro area’s
Regional Home Ownership Preservation Initiative (HOPI) says that's a reason to make it better not to eliminate it.
Several bills making their way through Springfield could have a profound impact on the state's poor. After releasing a state-mandated poverty elimination strategy report in
December, the Illinois Commission on the Elimination of Poverty is out with a new list of bills it's tracking -- both ones it supports and opposes -- in the General Assembly.
Residents of two Chicago public housing complexes -- Cabrini-Green and Lathrop Homes and -- aren't leaving without a fight. In front of a room full of tenants and advocates, the
Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) tabled a recommendation to transfer land within or
near a part of the Cabrini-Green public housing site to the Target
Corporation. The group also fought the consolidation of the Lathrop Homes, stating that CHA should re-open leasing to fill the North
Side housing complex’s 800 vacant units and stop forcing families out
until their plans are complete.