The City of Chicago should limit the amount of CHA units in Douglas and Grand Boulevard and any other communities, if these units contribute to driving the average income for an area down, to the extent that businesses like big box retailers, grocery stores and other businesses, refuse invest in our communities. The initial focus should be in areas that have TIF’s for economic development. A portion of our property tax dollars in black communities that have TIF’s are saved for economic development then sit’s and is barely used for this purpose. Then an excuse is given that the businesses that we desire not want to build in our area because the average income is too low.
Well, TIF’s were designed to remove blight from the community, but if businesses will not locate to our area because there are too many low income CHA residents making the average income too low, then the City of Chicago is causing Douglas & Grand Boulevard to become hyper-segregated and blighted, due to the over saturation of low-income housing. This is why there needs to be a CHA saturation point law that prohibits the Chicago Housing Authority from impacting the average income in any community, to the extent that viable business that families really need are deterred. There are some communities that barely have any CHA units and should take there fare share.
If the average income in an area is currently being impacted by new CHA units, the new CHA developments should cease and the land repurposed for some other use like urban hydroponic farming with a store that is also included to sell fresh produce to the community, if the land is available. Let’s generate revenue for our communities in order to add to the tax base. No more CHA in Douglas & Grand Boulevard. Stop the trend of hyper-segregating our communities. This also affects our schools. An over saturation of low-come families is also a transfer of low academic performance, thus causing our schools to have more failing students. Again a CHA saturation point law needs to be created, specifying how many units can be allowed to locate to a community area. An impact study would need to be done per community to determine if CHA relocation would impact new business development or is impacting it right now. If a problem currently exists, then some of the units would need to be removed. We travel for everything that we need and this is a tremendous drain on our families.