The Chicago Housing Authority has given 33 families who live in Cabrini-Green rowhouses eviction notices, saying they must move out in 180 days. The housing authority says the families have to move due to security and safety issues.
“The levels and nature of criminal activity continue to pose a real threat to the residents of the area, but it is a particularly disturbing threat due to the significant number of children in the old section of the rowhouses,” said Interim CHA CEO Carlos Ponse. “This Authority must do what’s rights and vacate the property. The CHA will take great care in making the transition as smooth and as comfortable as possible for the remaining families.”
But an attorney representing the Cabrinin-Green tenants' organization finds the concern for the families ironic, considering the impact the evictions will have on them.
“It’s a bit ironic (CHA) is moving tenants due to concerns about their safety, when many families will end up in much worse conditions,” Richard Wheelock told the Chicago Sun-Times.
CHA officials say they will assist the families in finding new housing as well as help with their moving efforts. The future of the site will be determined by a a group of "community residents, community stakeholders and [the] CHA", according to the newspaper.