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As CHA tries to best meet the growing need for affordable housing units in Chicago, what strategies should CHA employ to increase the numbers of and opportunities for public and affordable housing?

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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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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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Transparency of available units

One of the most common concerns from the community is that they never know when there are vacancies in subsidized CHA units.

 

All CHA programs should be required to have a current and updated listing in the www.direct2housing.org website so the community can very easily go online to see who to contact, who is eligible and how to apply for the subsidized units all in one place.

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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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More options

When applying for cha housing they give you two options for a area or complex that you can move in to but once your name comes up they say well all we have is Alta gayle gardens take it or your off the list . Why should you be forced to live somewhere you don't want to and did not even chose to in the first place? They should have a better system of placing people. Just because you are poor don't mean you want to live ...more »

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Streamling documentation

The most vulnerable people out on the streets (the chronically homeless, as defined by HUD) have a difficult time collecting all the necessary documentation (i.e. homeless history and disability proof) to obtain the housing which is specifically dedicated to them. In other words, the more housing that becomes available to these vulnerable folks, the more out of reach it becomes because they aren't able to get what they ...more »

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Programs for working people

I think CHA should develope a program for working people. As an example i was a working mom but my salary is not enough to raise three kids properly. now im unemployeed and struggling to make ends meet with no help from any housing programs because i dont qualify due to the amount of unearned income i recieve. and cant apply for any housing unless im on a list, which is not open at the time.

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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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Legacy Housing Needs Overhaul

As a person who has applied for housing multiple times since the early 90's and never been chosen for a waiting list, I see definite problems that need looking into. Take my family members for instance. My aunt moved into public housing in the early 60's. Her children became adults and were granted apartments in the 80's. Their children became adults in the 90's and also given apartments. In the early 2000's when their ...more »

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In Need Of Better Housing Opportunities For Families

I am a young working mother who had to relocate to Minneapolis, Minnesota for a year with my family because of the confusion caused by the CHA because of the lack of information. Within the state of Illinois, you either have to research extensively or hear word of mouth about deadlines or openings and even with doing so you still hear "NO". Basically finding afforable housing within Chicago as of right now through the ...more »

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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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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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