NEWS FROM CHICAGO HOUSING INITIATIVE

When he was a resident of the Wilson Men’s Hotel in Uptown, Lamont Burnett paid $340 a month for a tiny cubicle room in the building, where he shared a bathroom with 75 men, he said.  But after the building was purchased by a developer in 2017 and shut down so it...

November 25, 2019

By Alex Nitkin  - November 25, 2019

Members of the Our Home Chicago coalition rallied outside of the New City apartment and entertainment complex Friday. [Alex Nitkin/The Daily Line]  Read full coverage here:  http://thedailyline.net/chicago/11/25/2019/housing-organizer...

November 22, 2019

"...On Friday, the “Our Home, Chicago” coalition is planning a protest in Lincoln Park over a development that they say skirted affordable housing requirements. The coalition has crafted the Development for All Ordinance that calls for reform by increasing the affordab...

November 16, 2019

The ARO, and zoning laws in general, are a unique weapon to combat segregation and disinvestment built by racist government policies and reinforced by decades of private investment patterns in American cities. The U.S. Supreme Court has reinforced cities' prerogative t...

October 25, 2019

LISTEN TO WBEZ COVERAGE:  

City Housing Commissioner Marisa Novara committed Thursday that the City's new Task Force to reform the Affordable Requirements Ordinance will consider the CHI Coalition's Our Homes, Chicago Legislation.  25 Aldermen have urged the Mayor'...

September 26, 2019

Mayor Lightfoot was urged Wednesday to replace "patchwork planning by Aldermanic prerogative" with community-development decision-making driven by a commitment to racial equity.

September 26, 2019

“In white wards, aldermanic prerogative is often used as a tool of the new Jim Crow,” said one advocate. “It is time for us as a city to face our history and to take concerted action to repair it.”

July 24, 2019

A group of about 20 aldermen is reintroducing a series of ordinances aimed at increasing affordable housing in Chicago—in some cases, tripling the number of affordable units developers would have to build.

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