The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and former Cabrini-Green residents have reached a settlement agreement over a federal lawsuit that will result in more public housing units being added to the area, which is being redeveloped into mixed-income housing.
The settlement comes in response to a 2013 lawsuit filed against the CHA by the Cabrini-Green Local Advisory Council on behalf of public housing tenants who pressed the housing authority to rehabilitate and preserve the Cabrini-Green rowhouse units as public housing.
Residents left in 2008 so CHA could renovate the rowhouses, but just 146 of the 586 units were rehabilitated. CHA then announced in 2011 that the units would eventually be torn down and mixed-income housing would be built on the site.
Under the settlement agreement, the 146 rehabilitated rowhouse units will stay intact as public housing. And a minimum of 176 public housing units must be created as part of CHA's redevelopment of the area containing the other 440 rowhouse units.
Also, 1,800 units for low-income resident will be built as part of the overhaul of the Cabrini-Green site. The settlement will increase the required minimum percentage of public housing units that new developments must contain from 30 percent to 33 percent.