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 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.”

January 18, 2018

CHI member organizations are working to "Lift the Ban" against rent control statewide.  Rent Regulation is an immediate pathway to preserve affordable housing.  It has been used in cities across the country to help working families afford to live where they choose, and...

January 9, 2018

"Activists gathered on Monday to protest a meeting with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson in Chicago."
 

May 11, 2017

 In Jefferson Park, on Chicago's Northwest Side, a group of residents has come together with stakeholders to support a proposed development that will contain 80 affordable, accessible units. This new organization, Neighbors for Affordable Housing in Jefferson Park (NfA...

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