WBEZ | Housing http://www.wbez.org/tags/housing Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Rockford getting a boost from an Esty economy http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-02-03/morning-shift-rockford-getting-boost-esty-economy <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Flickr Charles &amp; Hudson.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We take a look at how the online craft marketplace Etsy has teamed up with Rockford, Illinois. Plus, what&#39;s the real deal with e-cigarettes? We talk with smoking cessation expert Dr. Philip McAndrew to clear through some of the confusion.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-rockford-getting-a-boost-from-an-est/embed?header=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-rockford-getting-a-boost-from-an-est.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-rockford-getting-a-boost-from-an-est" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Rockford getting a boost from an Esty economy" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 08:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-02-03/morning-shift-rockford-getting-boost-esty-economy Emanuel presents five-year housing plan to city council http://www.wbez.org/news/emanuel-presents-five-year-housing-plan-city-council-109519 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/rahmhousing.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will present a five-year housing plan to city council on Wednesday that calls for investing $1.3 billion to produce or preserve 41,000 units of housing.</p><p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/dcd/general/housing/Chicago_Housing_Plan_Draft_For_Public_Review_Web.pdf">&ldquo;Bouncing Back&rdquo;</a> tries to address forces that have battered Chicago - namely the foreclosure crisis and a population decline of 200,000 people from 2000 to 2010 -- with a focus on putting vacant and foreclosed properties back into the mix.</p><p dir="ltr">The city wants to unload the 8,000 residential parcels it owns.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We would like to create a much smoother and more efficient process for getting those parcels back out to people who can use them, make larger lots for example,&rdquo; said Andrew Mooney, commissioner of planning and development.</p><p dir="ltr">For example, a program called Englewood Estates in the Englewood neighborhood would allow residents to acquire city-owned lots. These kind of side-lot programs aren&rsquo;t new and are criticized because owners must still pay taxes on the properties. Mooney said he will work with city council to work out possible incentives.</p><p dir="ltr">Other initiatives in the 2014-18 housing plan include accelerating the <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dcd/supp_info/micro_market_recoveryprogram.html">micro market recovery program</a>, which slows down the red tape process to put troubled buildings in court and find new property owners; down payment grants for first-time homeowners, pressuring banks to do better neighborhood lending and foreclosure counseling.</p><p dir="ltr">Another growing challenge faces residents.</p><p dir="ltr">According to the Chicago Rehab Network, half of Chicagoans are rent burdened - they pay more than 30 percent of their income on rent. The same goes for homeowners in the city.</p><p dir="ltr">Kevin Jackson, executive director of the housing advocacy group, said the city&rsquo;s plan does little to address that hardship.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Housing insecurity in Chicago is expanding,&rdquo; said Jackson who was on the steering committee for the plan. &ldquo;Given the housing insecurity, we haven&rsquo;t seen a proportionate response from the city in terms of what we should be doing for housing in our neighborhoods.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">The median income also fell during the last census period. Mooney said as household incomes improve, hopefully families will be less burdened.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;The economy is going to have a more dramatic impact on family rental burden and home ownership burden than what the city itself can provide, in terms of subsidy,&rdquo; Mooney said.</p><p dir="ltr">This is the fifth city housing plan in the last two decades and it runs from 2014-18. This time around, the plan has a missing word in its title, and that&rsquo;s rankled some advocates.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;The mayor took &lsquo;affordable&rsquo; out of the name. That was indicative to us and troubling,&rdquo; said Leah Levinger, of the Chicago Housing Initiative.</p><p dir="ltr">Mooney said the city had the responsibility to look at the entire city because of the unexpected recession. He said previous housing plans worked under the assumption of a rising housing market.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;It would&rsquo;ve been at our peril to have ignored what was going on in the housing market, generally, as we hope to climb out &nbsp;of what happened to the city over these last few years,&rdquo; Mooney said.</p><p dir="ltr">According to the plan, more than 75 percent of the units will go to households earning 60 percent of the area median income, or $44,000 for a family of four.</p><p>Housing activity has plummeted in the city. Building permit activity peaked at 15,000 units in 2006 and 2007 and fell to less than 1,300 in 2009, according to the plan. But there are bigger trends to consider in Chicago. The population has decreased by more than 900,000 since 1950. There&rsquo;s a correlation between where vacant land sits idle, and the loss of manufacturing jobs in those neighborhoods.</p><p>The plan is less than the $1.5 billion spent from 2009-13. Mooney said the reduction reflects cuts from federal and local resources.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/nmoore-0" rel="author">Natalie Moore</a> is a WBEZ reporter. <a href="mailto:nmoore@wbez.org">nmoore@wbez.org</a></em></p><p><em>Follow Natalie on <a href="https://plus.google.com//104033432051539426343" rel="me">Google+</a>, &nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/natalieymoore">Twitter</a></em></p></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 09:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/emanuel-presents-five-year-housing-plan-city-council-109519 Morning Shift: Does interfaith dialogue do more than preach to the choir? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-12-30/morning-shift-does-interfaith-dialogue-do-more-preach <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Cover Flickr 1yen.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Religious leaders from around the city join us to discuss the state of interfaith relations in Chicago. We take a look at tech trends past and present. And, Chicago Mag&#39;s Dennis Rodkin checks in with the latest in housing issues.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-does-interfaith-dialogue-do-more-tha/embed?header=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-does-interfaith-dialogue-do-more-tha.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-does-interfaith-dialogue-do-more-tha" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Does interfaith dialogue do more than preach to the choir?" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 08:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-12-30/morning-shift-does-interfaith-dialogue-do-more-preach Morning Shift: The strange and silly Midwest on the big screen http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-10-04/morning-shift-strange-and-silly-midwest-big-screen <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Weird Midwest Flickr Joana Roja - work and migraines - coming back.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We unearth some Midwestern weirdness with Found Footage Festival creators Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett. Housing reporter Dennis Rodkin shares a new strategy for home buyers with bad credit. And, John U. Bacon tackles the question: should college athletes be paid?</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-the-strange-and-silly-midwest/embed?header=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-the-strange-and-silly-midwest.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-the-strange-and-silly-midwest" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: The strange and silly Midwest on the big screen" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 08:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-10-04/morning-shift-strange-and-silly-midwest-big-screen First comprehensive transgender housing center in the nation opens in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/news/first-comprehensive-transgender-housing-center-nation-opens-chicago-108056 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Transgender.JPG" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">Reverend Stan Sloan sat in the freshly designed living room of the new <a href="http://www.chicagohouse.org/translife.html">TransLife Center</a>. &nbsp;As CEO of <a href="http://www.chicagohouse.org/">Chicago House</a> he spent years in this home, running it as an &nbsp;AIDS hospice, &ldquo;These beautiful wooden floors were covered with linoleum because we had IV drips and blood and everything that came with AIDS in the early days.&rdquo;</p><p>Sloan says thousands of gay men died with dignity in this home. Now he hopes it will help transgender people live with dignity. &nbsp;The center will provide housing, medical services, legal services, and employment training with many staff coming from the transgender community.</p><p>Mara Keisling founded the <a href="http://transequality.org/">National Center for Transgender Equality</a>. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s such an honor that now it&rsquo;s going to be dedicated to trans people, helping trans people.&rdquo;</p><p><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0905154/">Lana Wachowski</a> attended the opening. She said she had observed transgender homelessness in her neighborhood. &ldquo;Often LGBT people, especially the T&rsquo;s, are in need of family,&rdquo; she said. &nbsp;Wachowski said that this center recognizes that family extends beyond just our blood and kin.</p><p>Stormie Williams cut the ribbon for the opening. She will be one of the first residents and has already found employment with help from the staff. &ldquo;I know there are more things to come,&rdquo; she said.</p><p><em>Shannon Heffernan is a reporter for WBEZ. Follow her at @<a href="https://twitter.com/shannon_h">shannon_h</a></em></p></p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 16:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/first-comprehensive-transgender-housing-center-nation-opens-chicago-108056 Construction begins on Midwest’s first affordable housing for LGBTQ seniors http://www.wbez.org/news/construction-begins-midwest%E2%80%99s-first-affordable-housing-lgbtq-seniors-107501 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/photo (1)(1).JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Construction vehicles knocked down walls at a building in Lakeview Monday to prepare for what will soon become the region&rsquo;s first LGBTQ-friendly senior affordable housing development.</p><p>The $26 million dollar development will occupy a part of the old 23rd district Town Hall police station on Halsted and Addison streets, as well as the now-vacant space next to it. The building will be home to 79 studio and one-bedroom apartments, as well as a space for community programming run by <a href="http://www.centeronhalsted.org/" target="_blank">The Center on Halsted</a>.</p><p>The development has been in the works for a while. By Lakeview Ald. Tom Tunney&rsquo;s count, he&rsquo;s been working on the issue for at least 10 years. Tunney, one of the first openly gay Chicago aldermen, says the work won&rsquo;t stop once the center opens.</p><p>&ldquo;The selection process is going to be interesting because the demand is gonna be amazing,&rdquo; Tunney said. &ldquo;And getting it open and learning in general how to integrate the community center with the housing component, I think there&rsquo;s gonna be a few challenges there.&rdquo;</p><p>Some Chicagoans have already voiced interest in living in the building. Tom Genley said the senior center would be a safe zone, and thus he was eyeing one of the apartments.</p><p>&ldquo;Here, because I can be me, an out gay man. Here, because I do not have to hide my true self,&rdquo; Genley said. &ldquo;Here, because the closet is for clothes.&rdquo;</p><p>But alongside the celebration and hard-hat photo-ops was an air of disappointment over the Illinois House of Representatives&rsquo; decision not to call a vote on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. During her remarks about the housing project, Representative Sara Feigenholtz called the last weekend of the legislative session one where a lot of &ldquo;broken dreams happened.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;We just didn&rsquo;t quite get it done yet,&rdquo; Feigenholtz said. &ldquo;But we&rsquo;re gonna go back and we&rsquo;re gonna get it done.&rdquo;</p><p>Democratic state Rep. Greg Harris of Chicago decided not to call a House floor vote on the bill that would&#39;ve made Illinois the 13th state to allow gay marriage. Harris said he didn&#39;t have the votes but also vowed to bring back the issue.</p><p>The Center on Halsted has been working with <a href="http://www.heartlandalliance.org/" target="_blank">The Heartland Alliance</a>, a local anti-poverty organization, state and city officials on the financing and construction for the affordable housing development.&nbsp; All 79 units will be subsidized, and will cost no more than 30 percent of a given resident&rsquo;s income. Construction on the building is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2014.</p><p><em>Lauren Chooljian is WBEZ&rsquo;s Morning Producer/Reporter. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/laurenchooljian" target="_blank">@laurenchooljian</a>.</em></p></p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 16:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/construction-begins-midwest%E2%80%99s-first-affordable-housing-lgbtq-seniors-107501 Reporter's Notebook: Life in public housing vs. the fanciest downtown apartment http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/reporters-notebook-life-public-housing-vs-fanciest-downtown-apartment-107103 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/tanveer and realtor.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="650" src="http://embed.verite.co/timeline/?source=0AgYZnhF-8PafdGJhci1aV2Q3YlhXb0JOREg5LVNXVWc&amp;font=Bevan-PotanoSans&amp;maptype=toner&amp;lang=en&amp;width=620&amp;height=650" width="620"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/about-curious-city-98756">Curious City</a>&nbsp;is a news-gathering experiment designed to satisfy the public&#39;s curiosity.&nbsp;People&nbsp;<a href="http://curiouscity.wbez.org/#!/ask">submit questions</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://curiouscity.wbez.org/#!/ask">vote&nbsp;</a>for their favorites, and WBEZ reports out the winning questions in real time on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/curiouscityproject">Facebook</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/WBEZCuriousCity">Twitter&nbsp;</a>and the timeline above.</p><p>Curious Citizen Heather Radke asked about the relationship between where we live and our everyday lives, and she wants the answer to be based on real experience. If you have leads or a point for us to consider, please comment below, or hit us at any of the social media outlets listed above!&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 09 May 2013 13:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/reporters-notebook-life-public-housing-vs-fanciest-downtown-apartment-107103 Advocates push Emanuel to protect renters in foreclosed units http://www.wbez.org/news/advocates-push-emanuel-protect-renters-foreclosed-units-106197 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Burnett.jpg" style="margin: 4px 0px 0px; float: left; height: 261px; width: 200px;" title="Ald. Walter Burnett Jr., 27th, calls talks for protections ‘99 percent’ done. (WBEZ file/Chip Mitchell)" /></p><p>Some Chicago tenant advocates are turning up the heat on Mayor Rahm Emanuel as they negotiate with his administration about protecting renters in foreclosed units.</p><p>The talks concern &ldquo;Keep Chicago Renting,&rdquo; a measure proposed last summer by Ald. Richard Mell (33rd) that would have banned post-foreclosure evictions except under narrow circumstances such as the tenant&rsquo;s failure to pay rent.</p><p>The proposal stalled in the City Council&rsquo;s Housing Committee, chaired by Ald. Ray Suárez (31st).</p><p>A statement from Emanuel&rsquo;s office says his administration supports the principle of providing tenants &ldquo;the protections they deserve during a foreclosure process.&rdquo;</p><p>But the mayor&rsquo;s office says it wants a &ldquo;strong ordinance that can withstand any challenge from opponents.&rdquo; Instead of an eviction ban, the city has been pushing to have banks pay evicted renters a &ldquo;relocation-assistance fee.&rdquo;</p><p>A coalition of tenant advocates behind the original measure says it could live with that substitute.</p><p>&ldquo;The coalition believes that the city&rsquo;s model, if done right, could meet the goals of the original ordinance &mdash; which are to keep renters in their homes and prevent more dangerous vacant buildings in our city,&rdquo; Manolita Huber of the Albany Park Neighborhood Council said.</p><p>The negotiations have focused on the fee amount, among other details, and have dragged on for months.</p><p>&ldquo;To the mayor, we say the people of Chicago cannot wait,&rdquo; Flora Johnson of SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Indiana said Wednesday at a North Side rally organized by the coalition. &ldquo;We must address this issue today. Keep Chicago renting!&rdquo;</p><p>Mayor Emanuel&rsquo;s office says an agreement is near. &ldquo;We are in the final stages of drafting a substitute ordinance that can help ensure Chicago tenants will have the protections they deserve during a foreclosure process,&rdquo; the office said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.</p><p>Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th), a supporter of the original ordinance who is is participating in the negotiations, on Wednesday called the talks &ldquo;99 percent&rdquo; done.</p><p>Burnett said the measure was on its way to the council floor this spring. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re right there,&rdquo; he insisted. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s getting ready to happen.&rdquo;</p><p>Nearly 17,000 Chicago apartment buildings, amounting to almost 52,000 units, went into foreclosure in 2009, 2010 and 2011, according to the Lawyers&rsquo; Committee for Better Housing, a backer of the original ordinance. Those buildings constituted about 9 percent of Chicago&rsquo;s rental housing stock.</p><p>Last year, 2,279 multifamily buildings were auctioned in the city, according to the Woodstock Institute, another supporter of the original ordinance.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/cmitchell-0">Chip Mitchell</a> is WBEZ&rsquo;s West Side bureau reporter. Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/ChipMitchell1">@ChipMitchell1</a> and connect with him through <a href="https://www.facebook.com/chipmitchell1">Facebook</a> and <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/ChipMitchell1">LinkedIn</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 18:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/advocates-push-emanuel-protect-renters-foreclosed-units-106197 10 Years since Iraq: The Changing Face of War http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/10-years-iraq-changing-face-war-107190 <p><p>This program to mark the tenth anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War in 2003, includes a panel of speakers addressing the changing face of war. Abroad, the US&#39; increased use of drones for &quot;targeted killings&quot; in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, has resulted in the deaths of thousands of civilians. Here in the US, deadly cuts continue to be imposed on domestic programs in order to fund the Pentagon&#39;s excessive spending and line the pockets of wealthy corporations, such as Boeing. The fights for public education, housing, and healthcare are intricately tied to the fights against war and imperialism.</p><p><strong>Peter Lems</strong> is a leader in the American Friends Service Committee anti-drone effort. <strong>Kait McIntyre</strong> of the Anti-War Committee speaks about the local campaign targeting Boeing. <strong>Vince Emanuele</strong>, of the Iraq Veterans Against the War, served two tours in Iraq.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AFSC-webstory_7.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br />Recorded live Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at Grace Place.&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 15:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/10-years-iraq-changing-face-war-107190 Report: CHA plan has improved residents’ lives http://www.wbez.org/news/report-cha-plan-has-improved-residents%E2%80%99-lives-106036 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/oakwood_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For residents who moved out of Chicago&rsquo;s notorious public housing high rises in the last decade, life has improved. But many children in these families suffer from low school performance and growing up with chronic violence.</p><p>A new report released Monday by the Urban Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, paints a largely positive picture of the Chicago Housing Authority efforts. The study comes while the CHA is retooling its Plan for Transformation, an ambitious multi-year effort begun in 1999 that broke up concentrated high-rise developments.</p><p>The Urban Institute&rsquo;s Sue Popkin has studied CHA for the past 25 years. At the beginning of that period, she recalled, one could observe high rises with backed-up incinerators, dank hallways, gang wars and faulty elevators.</p><p>&ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t expect to be in a place 10 years later where I would say this is basically a housing intervention and it&rsquo;s worked okay. For the most part people are living in better housing in safer neighborhoods,&rdquo; Popkin said.</p><p>CHA&rsquo;s controversial $1 billion Plan for Transformation tore down high rises and replaced them with mixed-income communities. The Robert Taylor Homes and Cabrini-Green were synonymous with Chicago&rsquo;s skyline and had the worst housing reputation in the country. Since the Plan began, CHA has moved almost 16,000 family households from derelict buildings. The agency has rehabilitated or built 19,000 public housing units, which includes 3,200 in mixed income.</p><p>Several years ago the Urban Institute told CHA that moving families wasn&rsquo;t simply a construction issue; to succeed, residents needed services. Popkin said that steep learning curve for CHA has paid off after the housing agency implemented a strong resident service program in 2007. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Researchers say that vulnerable residents need intensive wraparound services to address mental health, low literacy and lack of job skills. The report suggests that residents who&rsquo;ve received intensive case management have fared better. The services cost about $2,900 annually per household but can increase family stability and reduce depression. CHA families have grappled with the trauma of poverty: physical health problems, anxiety, high mortality rates.</p><p>But Popkin said it&rsquo;s not all a pretty picture. Emphasis on adults has meant that improvements have not always trickled down to children. Relocation has been especially hard on them and causes disruption in school and socially.</p><p>&ldquo;I worry a lot about the kids,&rdquo; Popkin said. &ldquo;The services that helped the adults do better don&rsquo;t seem to have helped the kids. It&rsquo;s an urgent issue. These are kids who have grown up in families who&rsquo;ve lived in chronic disadvantage for generations and it&rsquo;s going to take more than just moving to slightly safer places to help get them on a better trajectory.&rdquo;</p><p>Some young people have struggled academically and have had a tough time adapting to new neighborhoods where they are perceived as outsiders. And they continue to live amid violence. The Urban Institute is currently working on CHA incorporating a dual generation approach at Altgeld Gardens, a public housing development on the southern edge of the city.</p><p>&ldquo;Frankly, at this point it&rsquo;s going to be a matter of money,&rdquo; Popkin said. &ldquo;This is obviously not CHA&rsquo;s fault. But the sequester and everything else that&rsquo;s going on, I worry about the threat to human services at a point where we really need it to make a difference.&rdquo;</p><p>Mary Howard leads resident services for CHA said the agency is looking at how to provide services to children whose families participate in the housing voucher program. There are 38,000 Chicago households that use vouchers to rent in the private market.</p><p>&ldquo;One of the things that we&rsquo;re looking at is how to open up some of our opportunities that have traditionally been available for public housing families to the house choice voucher population,&rdquo; Howard said. For example, making sure discounted park district programs reach these youth.</p><p>Resident leaders say they want CHA to listen to their suggestions about what&rsquo;s working and what&rsquo;s not.</p><p>&ldquo;Let us help you out. Work with us,&rdquo; Francine Washington told housing officials Monday.</p><p>CHA&rsquo;s Plan for Transformation is the largest of its kind in the country. Researchers say the housing agency&rsquo;s mistakes and triumphs can inform federal policy. The Plan is expected to be completed by 2015.</p></p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/report-cha-plan-has-improved-residents%E2%80%99-lives-106036