The Our Home, Chicago Ordinances
The Our Home, Chicago Ordinances are a coordinated package of legislation aimed at passing real policy reforms to solve Chicago’s affordable housing crisis. This package of legislation consists of two ordinances and was re-introduced to the Chicago City Council by Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th), and Alderman Chris Taliaferro (29th). The campaign is backed by a partnering coalition of over 35 community organizations and labor unions. This legislative package consists of two ordinances; the Homes for All Ordinance which will make Chicago’s public housing system work and the Development for All Ordinance which will create more equitable, inclusionary development patterns across Chicago by fixing fatal flaws in the City's current Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO). Together with the fight for rent control, this legislation will provide access to high quality affordable housing to thousands more Chicago residents and begin to transform and repair Chicago's enduring segregation and inequity.
In Chicago's areas of highest opportunity, what remains of housing assistance subsidies are at-risk and disappearing quickly. HUD-subsidized tenants regularly find themselves faced with the termination of the housing subsidy program they count on as their landlords seek to end their HUD program obligations. Often, landlords are unaware of available options for the profitable maintenance of their subsidy agreements. Other times, they need to hear from their tenants and the communities in which they do business. CHI organizers are in these properties, building tenant organizations, developing community leaders, and saving homes.
Ally Communities of Opportunity
Chicago's elected officials who want to do their part in developing affordable housing in Opportunity Areas in their wards often face steep opposition from NIMBY and prejudiced elements of their communities. While many Chicagoans understand that housing access is a matter of life and death, that segregation and injustice costs everyone, and that each community must do its part, support in the face of angry neighbors often requires resources and staff to coalesce. Chicago Housing Initiative Organizers are on the ground, in Chicago communities building organizations of residents who support housing affordability in their communities, make the case to their neighbors, and make demands of their elected officials.