Your Top 2 Ideas for Plan 2.0

What are your ideas as CHA recalibrates the Plan for Transformation?

Your Top 2 Ideas for Plan 2.0

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Resources for existing communities for better social cohesion

I believe there is value in having resources that will assist existing communities in better preparing for community change. We always talk about how we should train and prepare Public housing families, however, they are well organized and have been well trained in galvinizing around issues that concern them. And there is value in having some resources for continued support of this effort. There are very little resources ...more »

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Creating a More Beautiful Community Atmosphere

Coordinating with other city and federal agencies to create and expand the public spaces in low income housing and other parts of the city. For instance fundraising and grants proposals to produce art for public spaces, sculptures in the gardens or inner court yards, murals in the hallways or out of doors on the tunnels above the elevated train tracks. To engage and entertain the residents and attract visitors and tourists ...more »

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Improvements

While I agree that mixed income units should limit CHA residents I do believe they should offer more affordable housing options. Affordable housing has an very good screening process with income limitations that can help people that are working but would otherwise struggle to live on market rate rent scales in new developments. I have seen some units and I must say it seems they are becoming smaller. Nice buildings but ...more »

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Engage Homeowners

So here are my recommendations. Actively engage homeowners in the next plan, 2.0, and begin to view them as stakeholders; as a whole community we need to share, discuss and devise a plan that is beneficial for everyone regardless of income; establish a mechanism that is inclusive of all residents; establish a plan for CHA and its management agents to fully understand the needs of HOA’s and devise a plan for ongoing ...more »

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The Transformation Needs

In order to get where you want to go with transforming a location, the problem is this you want to do a new thing with old ideals, what is being proposed is not totally to benefit the community, if your going to rebuild why rebuild what you already have, whether rebuild mix of townhouses and apartments, some of which will be designated for seniors, you spoke of two bedroom and higher but some people require one unit making ...more »

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Create Communities through Gardens in empty lots

CHA has an empty lot at 876 N Mozart Avenue which at the moment is collecting garbage and weeds. How about creating a community Garden? leasing the lot to a Neighborhood Organization to do that and getting it's tenants involved. A garden brings the community together, is educational and fun for kids and adults, gives joy to the Neighbors walking bye. Once a space is created there are so many things you can do.

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Health and Wellness

-Model buildings after NYC’s Healthy Building’s Model

-Promote active transportation to and from schools

-Provide healthy vending in buildings

-Promote nutrition education by working with partners to provide healthy cooking classes

-Increase community gardens

-Advocate for community kitchens

-Advocated for wellness teams for buildings

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Section 3 Reform to pay decent living wage

Based on HUD's guidelines for section 3 hires, PPM firms and the Housing Authority are incentivized to hire those of low income and very low income in order to promote economic self sufficiency. However, the wages paid often are below that what are necessary to be eligible for public housing. For example, an employee at a PPM for the CHA, with a college degree is often paid a wage that is below the individual income limits ...more »

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