Campaign: Housing Availability

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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Campaign: Citizen Participation and Communication

Subtle....or not so subtle Racism

Who else has encountered this "I need to make a home visit" situation while looking for an apartment or home? I actually passed on a fabulous home that I fell in love with because my dignity is not for sale...to anyone, for anything. I was only told about this little criteria after I had gathered credit checks, filled forms, had my agent perform many duties. Are you under the impression that people tend to believe that ...more »

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Campaign: Housing Availability

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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Campaign: Your Top 2 Ideas for Plan 2.0

Chicago needs to integrate its schools and neighborhoods.

Chicago needs to bus the kids to school integrate it's schools and it's neighborhoods. After living in both Minneapolis, Mn and Springfield, IL just to get help with housing I really seen how backwards and segregated Chicago really is. I like the Northside of Chicago it reminds me a lot of the rest of the integrated world. We need to start making it to where our kids can experience different races cultures and backgrounds. ...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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Campaign: Sustainability Strategies

Household Transformed

There should be a program that incorporates the entire household and not just the head of household. CHA should take the self sufficient program they have currently and make few changes. Why help others who are on the lease and transform their lives so that they can become more independent and not rely on rental assistance as well? Take high school students or adult learners ; for example who are in the household who ...more »

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Campaign: Housing Availability

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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Campaign: Your Top 2 Ideas for Plan 2.0

we have to sweat the small stuff

Student funding isn't going to be nearly effective if we don't reorganize and restratigize our schools. We need the real PTA back. Teachers should not only be interviewed by the school but by the parents throughout the year. There are to many teachers and staff in school not teaching, and getting paid for nothing. I see it all the time and many parents I have talk to. We are allowing for our kids to be dumb down that's ...more »

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Campaign: Areas of Focus

Give The People Voices

It all begins with the people. Instead of thinking of CHA as something for the poor, you must not only make it about the people, but should include them as well. Whenever a development is slated to open or be a part of a certain community, community input should be considered. Residents of that particular area, in addition to city of Chicago residents "overall" should be able to provide input as to what they believe ...more »

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Campaign: Housing Policy

Can a ex-felon ever return to normal life

It has been said that ‘the degree of civilization of a society can be judged by entering its prisons” (1597) Over time the federal system lay testament to this humanity by ensuring that prisoners are housed, clothed, feed, and treated justly and fairly while in prisons throughout the country. Having been warehoused in Illinois prisons for many years and released in 2010, this states treatment of ex-offenders trying to ...more »

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Campaign: Your Top 2 Ideas for Plan 2.0

Redefine "Opportunity Areas".

Collaborative efforts—encompassing numerous partnerships between city departments and community-based organizations—are necessary if Chicago is to provide more opportunity to its residents, especially those vouchered-out through the Housing Choice Voucher Program; however, a prominent issue persists surrounding the way in which the Chicago Housing Authority classifies ‘opportunity areas’—considered to be amongst the best ...more »

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Campaign: Sustainability Strategies

Lets Move

Community garden in a food desert,(food & flowers) and a play lot with equipment that promotes exercise as play time, (integrated and blended). A walking track around the playlot for parental health,community convenience, and parent child interaction. All capped off with a mural, (on the existing wall of the former train tracks) painted by CPS students, (and others)CHA residents, and supervised by volunteer local artist ...more »

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