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Report: Residents Steered to Poor Areas

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A new report finds that the Chicago Housing Authority is not making promised improvements to its “Plan for Transformation,” the ongoing, massive effort to redevelop virtually all of the city’s public housing stock.

Sudhir Venkatesh, a sociologist at Columbia University and a board member of We The People Media, discovered that the agency has largely failed to stop the flow of residents into other low-income, African American neighborhoods. In a new top-to-bottom review of the third year of the Plan for Transformation, Venkatesh found CHA has not kept its promise to care for those individuals and families who were living off the lease, the so-called squatters.
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In Search Of Scattered Site Housing

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Inquiring minds want to know: When will Chicago public housing residents relocating from Chicago Housing Authority developments be able to move into the scattered site units that are currently available for occupancy?

Under a decades-old federal court decree known as the Gautreaux case, a judge ruled that new public housing should be scattered throughout the city, creating several thousand scattered site units. The units are low-rise town house-style structures in generally better condition than the high-rises. Twenty-five percent of CHA’s scattered site units are four bedrooms or larger, and 75 percent of the units are three bedrooms or larger. Read more »

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Transforming CHA: Leaders Demand Changes to CHA Plan

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Elected public housing resident leaders and lawyers representing residents demanded changes to the Chicago Housing Authority Plan for Transformation in recent letters, press releases and phone calls to Mayor Richard M. Daley and CHA officials.

Letters to the mayor and CHA Chairperson Sharon Gist-Gilliam state residents’ complaints that CHA is neglecting to maintain occupied units, violating the relocation rights contract and closing down buildings too quickly. The late March and early April letters also state that CHA is asking residents to make choices on where they want to relocate without including information on whether they can stay on-site. Read more »

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