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The Homes for All Ordinance

Goals of this Ordinance to Protect Public Housing:

  1. Improve the transparency of the CHA through regular reporting to City Council.

  2. Prevent any further net loss of public housing by establishing 1-1 replacement as law.

  3. Advance the city’s de-segregation by integrating family public housing into new wards.

  4. Protect public housing land and ensure historic promises for rebuilding are kept.


Policy Change: What does this Ordinance Accomplish?

  1. Transparency and Reporting: CHA will report to the Committee on Housing and Real Estate on its available resources, vacant and offline housing ward-by-ward, its voucher utilization rate, its progress building replacement public housing across all neighborhoods, and the number of section 3 jobs created to help low-income families progress economically.

  2. Require One-for-One Replacement of Standing Public Housing Units: The Committee on Housing and Real Estate will not authorize City funding for developers to redevelop a public housing project unless the Master Plan demonstrates how all standing units CHA proposes to demolish or convert will be replaced on a one-for-one basis.

  3. Advance City de-segregation goals, end exclusionary development rooted in racism: Mandates 20% of future public housing units be sited in low-poverty areas of the city. Provides expedited review and evidence-based approval for Planned Unit Development proposals with affordable housing in wards with less than 10% affordable housing. If a hearing and vote on the affordable PUD application has not occurred within 90 days of application to Plan Commission and within 120 days of application to the Zoning Committee, the proposal is automatically approved.

  4. Protect public housing land and Enforce CHA’s Commitments to Rebuild Replacement Housing: The City will only approve Planned Development Applications for the disposition or sale of public housing land if the CHA produces a Replacement Housing Plan showing the location, financing, and timeline for constructing all replacement housing units promised at time of demolition, with housing constructed within 24-60 months.

  5. Create a more user-friendly and transparent system for those seeking housing: Make the waitlist system more transparent. Create protections against abuse and corruption.

List of Aldermanic Sponsors of the Homes for All Ordinance:

The following Aldermen believe that the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) has an extremely meaningful role to play in advancing racial and economic equity and opportunity in our divided city.  These Aldermen understand that having a safe and stable home is the cornerstone upon which we all build our lives.  

If you do not know the name of your alderman, visit the City's Alderman Lookup webpage.

(Sponsors listed by ward number after Lead Sponsor)

  1. Alderman Chris Taliaferro (29th)*** Lead Sponsor***

  2. Alderman Daniel LaSpata (1st) (Housing Committee)

  3. Alderman Pat Dowell (3rd) (Housing Committee)

  4. Alderman Sophia King (4th) (Housing Committee)

  5. Alderman Roderick Sawyer (6th)

  6. Alderman Susan Sadlowski Garza (10th)

  7. Alderman Stephanie Coleman (16th)

  8. Alderman David Moore (17th) (Housing Committee)

  9. Alderman Derrick Curtis (18th)

  10. Alderman Jeanette Taylor (20th)

  11. Alderman Howard Brookins (21st)

  12. Alderman Mike Rodriguez (22nd) (Housing Committee)

  13. Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th) (Housing Committee)

  14. Alderman Roberto Maldonado (26th) (Housing Committee)

  15. Alderman Felix Cardona (31st)

  16. Alderman Scott Waguespack (32nd) (Housing Committee)

  17. Alderman Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33rd)

  18. Alderman Emma Mitts (34th)

  19. Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th)

  20. Alderman Andre Vasquez (40th)

  21. Alderman Michelle Smith (43rd)

  22. Alderman Matt Martin (47th) (Housing Committee)

  23. Alderman Maria Hadden (49th) (Housing Committee)

Status updated as of 10/1/2019

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