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As CHA tries to best meet the growing need for affordable housing units in Chicago, what strategies should CHA employ to increase the numbers of and opportunities for public and affordable housing?

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Lack of Communication

There is so much lack of communication with CHA and the property managements that has CHA contracts. I have been reach out to by three different properties and have been shuffled around. Currently pulled from the waitlist August of 2011 and still haven't been housed, also I've been showed and offered a unit to find out that I was unable to recieve the unit because they made an error on there part bacuse my 90day grace ...more »

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House the most vulnerable first.

Minneapolis, Mn house their most vulnerable first like: Refugees, legal immigrants, Homeless persons, Single women or men with kids or women and men that are married or living together and are low income but one or the other work. They help the people who need help first and fast. Chicago need to learn how to do the same. If Cha is so scared of getting used and absued then start doing background checks and start doing ...more »

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Chicago need to change bad.

I think CHA need to really work on some things. A lot of people are moving out of Chicago do to the high cost of living no section 8 or public housing openings and the terrible crime in the city. Chicago need to get like other cities like Minneapolis who got a lot of people from Chicago moving there slowly but surely. They need to start busing the kids to school and open up the housing waitlist. All those homes they built ...more »

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FINDING AVAILABLE HOUSING

The computer system is not user friendly for finding available voucher housing. The main home page should have "Housing" so that landlord housing can be easily accessed, instead of going through a maze to find it. Additionally, the neighborhood catagory should be eliminated and allow people to simply look for housing by bedrooms, letting the landlord's advertisement show the neighborhood's name. Most people don't know ...more »

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Legacy Housing Needs Overhaul

As a person who has applied for housing multiple times since the early 90's and never been chosen for a waiting list, I see definite problems that need looking into. Take my family members for instance. My aunt moved into public housing in the early 60's. Her children became adults and were granted apartments in the 80's. Their children became adults in the 90's and also given apartments. In the early 2000's when their ...more »

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Restrict CHA apartments to responsible renters.

Women who have additional children while on public assistance and in public housing should be evicted. Welfare benefits should be pulled. Maybe that would encourage people to stop the cycle of receiving handouts.I hate to sound like a jerk, but why should someone get a free ride for having children that I have to pay for? I have one child because I CAN'T AFFORD any more.

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CHA must lease up its vacant units

Little known fact: The Chicago Housing Authority leaves thousands of its apartments vacant in any given year. CHA reported in 2010 that it had "delivered" 20,288 apartments, but that only 18,325 were "available for occupancy" and only 15,984 were actually leased. Why is there a 4,300+ unit difference between apartments available and apartments actually occupied? Little known fact: The CHA counts many of these ...more »

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In Need Of Better Housing Opportunities For Families

I am a young working mother who had to relocate to Minneapolis, Minnesota for a year with my family because of the confusion caused by the CHA because of the lack of information. Within the state of Illinois, you either have to research extensively or hear word of mouth about deadlines or openings and even with doing so you still hear "NO". Basically finding afforable housing within Chicago as of right now through the ...more »

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Housing for those who really need it.

Make public housing available for those in homeless situations first (i.e. shelters, abandoned buildings, couch hopping, etc.). This way, you know that there truly is a need that needs to be met and you don't have to clamor to get applications in. Take the applications to the shelters or inform the shelters of the location they need to send their clients and you fill the units in a timely manor with people who really ...more »

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More options

When applying for cha housing they give you two options for a area or complex that you can move in to but once your name comes up they say well all we have is Alta gayle gardens take it or your off the list . Why should you be forced to live somewhere you don't want to and did not even chose to in the first place? They should have a better system of placing people. Just because you are poor don't mean you want to live ...more »

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Programs for working people

I think CHA should develope a program for working people. As an example i was a working mom but my salary is not enough to raise three kids properly. now im unemployeed and struggling to make ends meet with no help from any housing programs because i dont qualify due to the amount of unearned income i recieve. and cant apply for any housing unless im on a list, which is not open at the time.

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