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What are strategies to successfully transition able clients out of subsidized housing?

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Eliminate the entire program

Why does the government TAKE money from those that earn and give it away? If the gov finds it necessary to do this at least do it in a way that teaches people something instead of just letting them live off the work of another man. How about they earn a housing stipend by doing work of some kind for the taxpayers providing their housing. There is no need for a CHA just accountants and investigators to prosecute fraud ...more »

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Occupany Limits

There should be a limit as to how long a person, family can stay in the projects or on Section 8. People living there for 20 years or on voucher for 20 years is an unfair drain on the taxpayers. Also, those people on the system that are able bodied should be required to do jobs around the developments like sweeping, cutting the grass, shoveling the snow and other maintenance as a way to reduce the costs and to acknowledge ...more »

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Work Requirement for HCV Participants

Currently there is no work requirement for HCV participants – only public housing residents. I believe instituting a work requirement will benefit program participants as well as those who are waiting to receive housing. If there is a work requirement it will reduce monthly HAP payments which will allow more dollars to benefit more people. Also, instituting this policy can help families reach self-sufficiency, which is ...more »

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CHA dispersion

CHA needs to really change the way it operates in this city. I would like to see the following changes: 1. CHA and certain alderman need to get over their emotional attachment to the concept of "CHA legacy areas". Stop the ridiculous practice of hyper concentrating all of this housing on the south and west sides of the city. It is a burden and every area of the city needs to absorb it's fair share. Those of us who work ...more »

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Family Planning

If someone is so bad off they need Uncle Sam to pay their rent, then Uncle Sam earns the right to have a say in that person's financial decisions. People in subsidized housing should not be allowed to have babies they are clearly unable to afford to raise properly. By definition, if someone intentionally (or through negligence) decides to grow their family, that act alone should be taken by the government as admission ...more »

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Zero Tolerance for Criminal Activities

It is not too much to ask of people who are accepting money from Uncle Sam for them to follow the rules of the land. There are enough people on waiting lists for these types of benefits for us as a society to focus on helping those who chose to abide by the law. Anyone convicted of a violent crime or felony of any kind should immediately lose the privilege of government assisted housing. There is a culture of acceptance ...more »

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Truancy

Parents whose kids are not going to school should lose their subsidies. Clearly they aren't motivated on their own, so this is an opportunity to put some real incentive on them to get those kids to class.

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CHA Saturation Point Law

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 ...more »

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Is Cronism a problem at Chac ?

I believe that , some of the owners get to familiar with the section 8 staff and it needs to stop ! I think that the workers should rotate to different districts, so they wont get to chance to build up friendships with these the owners

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Funding Lock on Single Mothers Having Additional Babies

If a woman is unmarried and comes into any CHA Housing arrangement, whether onsite or scattered site or even section 8, the governement will not provide additional funding for food or medical for any pregnancies that have occurred after housing is obtained. If a person comes into CHA with one baby, then government funding will only be for one baby. Any additional needs for food and medical to accomodate any additonal ...more »

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The dangers of Public Housing...Survival

As we all know, Innocent people have died at the hands of others causing problems in Public housing. Innocent children harmed, and their family members. The housing Policy doesn't protect people who leave Public housing in order to survive. I know of a young mother of 2, who was threathened because she informed the Management office of an Abandoned unit that gang members had occupied. They left messages to warn her that ...more »

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Limit HCV in Transformation Sites

Residents who qualify for Housing Choice Vouchers are often similar to public housing residents in many respects. By allowing an unlimited number of HCV recipients to rent in Transformation Sites, the percentage of low income families within these developments is slowly creeping up to high levels, threatening the intention of creating mixed income developments. It is conceivable, if many of the "tax credit" and "market ...more »

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