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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
4:10pm
Wed Feb 18

Chicago Mayoral Candidates Discuss Housing Issues, CHA Oversight At Forum

Chicago's mayoral candidates took to the stage to discuss a plethora of housing issues, including vouchers, single room occupancies and Chicago Housing Authority oversight, at a Tuesday night mayoral forum. Progress Illinois provides highlights from the event.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
2:58pm
Tue Aug 5, 2014

Report: CHA Failed To Spend Millions In Federal Housing Voucher Money (VIDEO)

Over recent years, the Chicago Housing Authority has built up large cash reserves primarily by holding onto millions in federal funds intended for housing vouchers, shows a recent report by the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. Progress Illinois takes a look at the report's findings and gets reaction from affordable housing advocates.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
10:48pm
Tue Jan 28, 2014

Housing Activists Call For Increased Oversight Of CHA, More Affordable Units (VIDEO)

The Chicago City Council’s Committee on Housing and Real Estate approved the 2014-2018 Five-Year Housing Plan on Tuesday, despite activists’ criticisms that the plan fails to ramp up oversight of the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and therefore does not guarantee increased affordable housing units across the city. 

Implemented by the Department of Planning and Development (DPD), the housing plan outlines the city’s $1.3 billion investment in the construction, rehabilitation and preservation of more than 41,000 affordable housing units. It was passed by a 8 - 2 vote, with Alds. Scott Waguespack (32nd) and Nick Sposato (36th) voting against it. The plan will be considered by the full Chicago City Council on February 5.

But, according to members of the Chicago Housing Initiative (CHI), the city's plan should apply more pressure on the CHA to ensure the agency fills vacant public housing units, shrinks the housing wait list, which currently sits at more than 42,000 people, and replaces demolished public housing units.

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by Ellyn Fortino
2:12pm
Thu Sep 26, 2013

Former Ickes Residents Urge CHA To Provide Replacement Housing: 'We Just Want To Come Home'

Chicago Public Housing activists say it is unacceptable that the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) has once again broken its promise to deliver replacement housing units for former residents of the now demolished Harold Ickes Homes, which saw its last families move out in 2010.

The Ickes public housing buildings on the near South Side had more than 1,000 units before they were torn down between 2009 to 2010. CHA has yet to bring back 312 replacement units that it promised to construct, and it appears there are no concrete plans to build any of them in 2014, according to CHA's proposed 2014 Moving to Work (MTW) Annual Plan.

On Thursday, more than a dozen former Ickes residents and their supporters gathered at a vacant lot at State Street and Cermak Road, one of the former Ickes sites.

"It is unfortuante that every time that housing numbers were supposed to be promised, those numbers were reduced," said the Rev. Robert Jones of Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church. "The city talks about the economics, but yet money is found to put a tremendously large DePaul center not very far from here, and yet we still have this vacant field."

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by Ellyn Fortino
12:43pm
Thu Sep 12, 2013

Public Housing Activists: CHA's Plan To Purge 47,000 People From Wait List 'Unacceptable'

Housing activists are outraged that Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) officials are looking to remove more than 47,000 people from its public housing and voucher wait list as proposed in its Moving to Work (MTW) Annual Plan for fiscal year 2014.

“I am stunned by CHA’s decision to strip so many people permanently off the list and to deprive them of a chance for affordable housing,” Mary Nelson, who is homeless and currently on the wait list, said before CHA’s public hearing Wednesday evening regarding the draft plan.

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by Ashlee Rezin
5:24pm
Tue Jul 30, 2013

Activists Call On CHA To Develop Plans For Increased Public Housing (VIDEO)

Housing activists are calling on the Chicago Housing Authority's (CHA) Board of Commissioners to refrain from considering proposals that sell or swap portions of vacant land to various entities, such as the city of Chicago. The land, protesters said, should instead be used to replace public housing that has been torn down under the agency’s Plan for Transformation.

Gathered outside of CHA’s downtown headquarters Monday, roughly 30 activists criticized proposed development plans, such as tennis courts and a retail facility, on CHA-owned vacant land formerly occupied by public housing.

“There’s no plan to replace the housing that we know of,” said Roderick Wilson, executive director of the Lugenia Burns Hope Center, and organizer of the protest. “When the CHA came up with this Plan for Transformation to demolish public housing and to rebuild and transform it, they promised replacement housing that wouldn’t concentrate poverty. But where is it?”

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by Matthew Blake
5:37pm
Tue Jun 19, 2012

County Board Could Have Votes For Housing Voucher Protection

Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia (D-Chicago) introduced at a county board meeting today an amendment to the county’s human rights ordinance that would give legal recourse to people with federal housing vouchers that landlords discriminate against.

The amendment to the 1993 county law (PDF) has seven co-sponsors, meaning at least eight of the 17 commissioners, or one short of a majority, already support the measure, including board president Toni Preckwinkle (D-Chicago). Garcia anticipates the ordinance will pass through committee in two weeks, and then swiftly see a vote by the full board.

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