Updated on 11/15/11 at 11:20 a.m.A new study shows that Cook County’s persistent shortage of affordable rental housing has gotten even worse in recent years.For years, the constraint on affordable housing came from the overheated real estate market.
A new report by the Shriver National Center on Poverty Law argues that many owners of subsidized housing developments in Illinois discriminate against people who have criminal backgrounds — even when their offenses are decades old.The authors cite one development in Chicago that looks back 99 y
A derelict hotel on Chicago’s Near West Side will soon receive a major makeover. The Union Park Hotel first opened in the 1930s as a combination hotel-apartment building. Eventually, it was turned into the Viceroy Hotel, a single-room-occupancy, or SRO, hotel.
For the second time in two years, the Chicago Housing Authority is offering thousands of dollars to homebuyers to purchase homes and condos in its mixed-income community developments.The CHA is offering a pot of $1 million to help homebuyers with down payments or closing costs.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. says fixing the housing stock should be a priority for Chicago’s new mayor.Schools, safety and spending peppered Rahm Emanuel’s inauguration speech. But Jackson says there’s no urban policy plan in Chicago – it’s been abandoned."
In one of his final legislative acts, Mayor Richard Daley compromised with the Chicago City Council on an ordinance to fund affordable housing.It took nearly two years of stalling, back and forth negotiations and political maneuvering.But now some tax money is available to developers to buy and reha