Housing Policy

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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No more public housing

Elimate the complete public housing system thereby saving millions of wasted taxpayer dollars. If public assistance is needed for housing use all the saved monies from administrative costs,maintenance costs,security costs,liability costs,etc to subsidize short term rentals throughout the entire state. This would help disperse public housing's inherent gang problems throughout the entire state diluting the gangs' control ...more »

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C.H.A. shedding risk unrelated to providing housing

My proposal is based on information found on line and as such is an aggregate proposition so please don't hassle with details concentrate on the spirit of my idea. The 2012 budget for C.H.A is $ 881,000,000.00 the number of adults living in C.H.A. housing is 20,000. $881,000,000.00 / 20,000 adult residents = an operating cost of service of $44,050.00 per adult per year. the average rent for a nice apartment in Chicago ...more »

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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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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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Reduce CHA UNITS In Developments

The number of CHA units in mixed income developments have to be reduced in order to be attractive to market rate buyers. It should be reduced from 33% to 13%. CHA should stop building housing units. They should buy cheap builidings in low income areas that way they can afford to buy many more buildings and more people can have housing. CHA should just focus on providing temporary housing and not care about where it ...more »

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Sale and redeployment of commercially valuable land

The previous centralized location of Robert Taylor Homes and Dearborn Homes, among others in commercially accessible corridors along expressways is dysfunctional. The highest and best use of this land if for commercial and industrial development, and the funds generated could be much more productively employed in providing housing in residential areas with established amenities and stable residential communities.

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Low-income cable/dish

I am a tenant of Daniel Hudson Burnham Apartment for 6 or 7 years. I am a senior citizen with a low income. Television Entertainment is almost essential to the tenants. It's the only indoor entertainment most of us have because most of us cannot or are unable to get out much. Even with excellent staff (Social Worker and Manager) we yet need tv entertainment within our apartments. Comcast is very expensive, RCN is also ...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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