Housing Availability

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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Transparency of available units

One of the most common concerns from the community is that they never know when there are vacancies in subsidized CHA units.

 

All CHA programs should be required to have a current and updated listing in the www.direct2housing.org website so the community can very easily go online to see who to contact, who is eligible and how to apply for the subsidized units all in one place.

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Moving Subsidies

If an individual who is eligible for public housing desires to move to another State then CHA should provide a subsidy to that individual with the understanding that they will not return to Illinois for at least two years.

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Streamling documentation

The most vulnerable people out on the streets (the chronically homeless, as defined by HUD) have a difficult time collecting all the necessary documentation (i.e. homeless history and disability proof) to obtain the housing which is specifically dedicated to them. In other words, the more housing that becomes available to these vulnerable folks, the more out of reach it becomes because they aren't able to get what they ...more »

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Suburban Partnership

I propose that the CHA seek parternships and housing opportunities with suburbs that show job and hiring opportunities.

 

All the economic data point to difficulty for low income persons seeking employment in Chicago. Let's try a new tack in pursuing housing where the jobs are.

 

This also solves the problem of stacking of low income residents in Bronzeville communities already saturated with them.

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Single family Homes

The CHA should invest money in purchasing single family homes that are in foreclosure or have been foreclosed on and use thes homes as starter homes for people with vouchers. The fmaily should be allowed to purches these homes through the CHA self-sufficiency program. Using vouvher funds for the up keep of the property insteat of helping landlords get rich off these funds.

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