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HIV/AIDs Crisis

by Bobby Watkins 

HIV/AIDS is a very serious issue in the Black community as the number of African Americans infected is steadily rising, especially in low-income areas. So I went and got information from various agencies in these areas that deal with people with HIV. What I found out was shocking. I felt it needed to be shared with residents that live not only in these areas but in the Chicago Housing Authority overall because we hear so little about this and a lot of us don’t want to hear about it.
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Operation ABLE

by Lorenzia Shelby 

I‘d like to inform the readers of an organization that states that it helps seniors, people with disabilities and others find part-time work and training in many Chicago locations, with some offices a few blocks away from CHA developments.

Operation ABLE is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1977, according to their 1998/1999annual report. “Operation ABLE was created by the Chicago Community Trust Organization with a staff of three, a budget of $47,500 and a vision of helping workers 55 years of age and older find employment opportunities.”

The group serves seniors, people with disabilities and others by providing them with employment and training. “Operation ABLE (Ability Based on Long Experience) became known as an advocate for the older workers. In 1990, Operation ABLE revised its mission statement to include services to individuals of all ages, while maintaining its original emphasis on serving the unique needs of the older worker.” Read more »

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how to get wife back

by Jacqueline Thompson 

my ex husband says he enjoys being single can i still win him back and
special weekend together but back towards me or
can i get my ex girlfriend back if she says its over for good.
iv started to fancy my ex bf again!
what is the most impactful thing you can tell your ex, how get ex girlfriend back, etc.

how to get wife back
The Service Connector Program in Harold Ickes Homes continues to be alive and well.

The residents have found a service close to home where they can bring their needs and get help finding solutions to help fulfill those needs. Recently, I spoke to Angela Bailey from The Woodlawn Community Development Corporation, who is contracted by the Chicago Housing Authority to run the Service Connector Program at Ickes. Read more »

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Harold Ickes News

by Jacqueline Thompson 

A Welcome Gang of Bangers
The banging, scraping and grunts began in earnest midway through August.
A welcome gang of bangers had arrived, wielding hammers, crowbars, screwdrivers and all manners of tools that workers use to get rid of the old and replace it with the new as a long-awaited renovation project for the Harold Ickes Homes went into full swing. Read more »

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Choosing Between Food and Medicine

by Bobby Watkins 

This is something that has been on my mind for some time. I am one of the millions of Americans that has to deal with the problem of not being able to afford some of my medicines.

I’ve spoken with several other people who are struggling with this also. But what really made me want to write this article was a young woman I spoke with. She is a single parent receiving Supplemental Security Income with a kidney problem. She just started to take dialysis and needs this particular medicine before she starts her dialysis treatment. The medicine is needed to make her numb before treatment. She has Medicaid but it does not cover this medicine, or so she was told. Read more »

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Residents Deny Security Improvements

by Mary C. Piemonte 

To improve the safety for its disabled, senior and family residents, the Chicago Housing Authority three years ago started paying $12 million annually to the Chicago Police Department (CPD) for “supplemental police services.” These services were to include foot patrols of CHA family developments and senior buildings to control continual drug sales and gang violence.

CHA has been reporting major improvements with security since the city police force replaced their former police department in 2000. The CHA Board of Commissioners renewed the contract with the police department for $13.6 million for an additional year at a recent meeting. Read more »

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CHA Puts Resident In Storage

by Mary C. Piemonte 

Former Robert Taylor Homes resident Lobeta Holt became another homeless statistic this fall despite promises from the Chicago Housing Authority that residents would have a roof over their heads during the Plan for Transformation Holt is a 30-year-old, disabled mother of six who has paperwork to prove she is lease-compliant. But on Oct. 18, CHA officials moved Holt out of Robert Taylor Homes, placed her belongings in storage and told her to check back with them periodically for a replacement unit. She and her children are sleeping in a relative’s home currently. Read more »

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Stop The Violence

by Cenabeth Cross 

On Sept. 11, all hell broke loose. I saw the hijacked planes crash into the World Trade Center and saw the buildings crumble on television as it happened along with millions of other viewers. I stared at my set for a long, long time before I understood that this was for real. Thousands had lost their lives in the two World Trade Centers alone.

I watched the same pictures over and over feeling the horror of what this could mean to us all. These attacks will force people to make many adjustments in the way we live and the way we think.
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South Suburban Living

by Beauty Turner Assistant Editor

As summer turns to fall and the leaves change from a garden green to a burnt pumpkin orange to a dark chocolate brown and a lemon sunny yellow, some South Suburban mayors are seeing red when it comes to Chicago Housing Authority residents relocating to their suburban areas.

Like the colorful leaves that fall and the bricks from public housing walls that scatter to the wind, so are the residents from public housing who are relocating from the developments closed due to the CHA Plan for Transformation. Many residents have left the city of Chicago and gone to South Suburban communities where they are faced with many issues, to let the South Suburban officials tell it. Read more »

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Electrically Charged

by Beauty Turner Assistant Editor

Robert Taylor Homes residents aren’t the only ones getting charged about their high electric bills. As RJ has reported over recent months, many of the residents in Robert Taylor Homes have electric bills in the amounts of $500 to $22,000, and in some cases more. These unpaid bills are a problem for those residents who are being relocated under the Chicago Housing Authority’s Plan for Transformation.

The Relocation Contract with CHA states that residents must be current with all utility bills or they won’t be eligible for replacement housing. Some of the residents in Robert Taylor accumulated these high bills by not paying for electric service for a number of years. Other residents have wiring that is connected to other apartments and some tenants inherited accumulated electric bills from the last tenant who occupied their apartment. Read more »

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