Housing Availability

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CHA must lease up its vacant units

Little known fact: The Chicago Housing Authority leaves thousands of its apartments vacant in any given year. CHA reported in 2010 that it had "delivered" 20,288 apartments, but that only 18,325 were "available for occupancy" and only 15,984 were actually leased. Why is there a 4,300+ unit difference between apartments available and apartments actually occupied? Little known fact: The CHA counts many of these ...more »

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Housing for those who really need it.

Make public housing available for those in homeless situations first (i.e. shelters, abandoned buildings, couch hopping, etc.). This way, you know that there truly is a need that needs to be met and you don't have to clamor to get applications in. Take the applications to the shelters or inform the shelters of the location they need to send their clients and you fill the units in a timely manor with people who really ...more »

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