Tenant group sues Chicago Housing Authority

May 16, 2013

(WBEZ/Katie O'Brien)

Displaced tenants of Cabrini Green filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Housing Authority in an effort to return to their neighborhood after redevelopment.

After the last iconic tower fell, the Cabrini Green row houses were all that remained of the public-housing complex.

Its residents should have been able to return after the row houses were renovated.

But only a quarter of the 586 units were rehabbed.

Elizabeth Rosenthal represents the Cabrini-Green Local Advisory Council. She explained that residents stand to lose much more than fair housing.

“It’s an area of opportunity. It has access to good schools, access to jobs, it’s on public transportation lines--there’s that new Target going right there,” Rosenthal expanded.

In response, CHA spokesperson Wendy Parks stressed that there are no fixed plans for the Cabrini homes in question.

“We have said in the past that we are committed to adhering to the needs of CHA residents. We did not specifically state what that would look like with regard to revitalization of Cabrini homes,” Parks said.

The agency plans to invite CHA residents and area stakeholders to provide input on any proposed plan for the area--no date for those meetings has been set.

Katie O’Brien is a WBEZ reporter and producer. Follow her @katieobez.