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.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed new leaders at many city departments since taking office in May. But a vacancy remains at the Chicago Housing Authority. CEO Lewis Jordan stepped down after questions around his use of city credit cards.
The Chicago Housing Authority has more on its plate than just providing low-income housing. It’s in the employment game, too. In fact, it’s got a program called Section 3 that’s supposed to hire residents or their businesses.
The Chicago Housing Authority has decided not to require drug testing of all its tenants.Last month CHA officials proposed that public housing residents take drug tests. Many residents and civil liberty advocates balked at the idea.At Tuesday’s CHA board meeting, members decided to kill the issue.
The Chicago Housing Authority is looking for new leadership. On Tuesday, CEO Lewis Jordan stepped down amid scrutiny over the way he used a city credit card. Jordan wrote to CHA board Chairman Jim Reynolds, saying the issue was becoming a "impediment" to his job performance.