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Altgeld Gardens News

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I toured the Altgeld Gardens public housing development on the far South Side following the June 20, 2006 Chicago Housing Authority Board of Commissioners meeting after several residents strongly encouraged me to talk to tenants they said had some concerns about their rehabbed units.

My tour guides, current Altgeld resident Gail Jackson and former Altgeld resident Renae Wilkins – who relocated out the public housing development with a housing voucher – led the way and introduced me to several residents who recently moved into refurbished apartments at the site and were concerned about the quality of the construction.
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Harold Ickes News

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Rehab clock ticking

Although the Chicago Housing Authority is actively pursuing the great change of housing stock from high rise to low rise to the tune of $1.6 billion, the change has been slow in coming to the Harold Ickes Homes. In the year 2001, some vacant apartments were remodeled and some new tenants moved in. At that time CHA announced that all the apartments were to be remodeled. But, so far, that is not so. Many residents say we seem to stay on square one.
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Transforming CHA: New Lights on Dark Passage

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Many evenings I have been very apprehensive as I made my way home to the Harold Ickes development from my daily pastime of caring for my granddaughter, who lives nine miles away. Traveling north on South State Street has been a disturbing experience of watching darkness engulf the Chicago Housing Authority buildings along the State Street Corridor.

Along those blocks from 54th to 21st streets, where a large segment of the city’s public housing is located, residents moving about become mere shadows without true shape or form. Buildings also are not truly defined as shadows blend one into another. Read more »
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