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Chicago Residents Fight to Keep Low-Income Housing

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GROUP CHANTING: housing is a human right, and we won’t go without a fight. And we won’t go without a fight.

Residents of a low-income Chicago apartment complex gathered today to demand the property be kept subsidized.

Grove Parc is located near the University of Chicago’s South Campus in the city’s Woodlawn neighborhood. The complex failed federal inspections two years in a row and has been slated for redevelopment.

Lonnie Richardson has been living in Grove Parc for twenty years. He says it’s one of the few subsidized housing options in the neighborhood.

RICHARDSON: With the high rises coming in and the gentrification in Woodlawn, all the condos are coming in. It’s about money, you know.
Tenants say they want to play an active role in the redevelopment process.

The property’s owners hope to build mixed-income housing on the site. They say they want to preserve as many low-income units as possible.

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