Housing Policy

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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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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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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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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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Your Top 2 Ideas for Plan 2.0

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Create Communities through Gardens in empty lots

CHA has an empty lot at 876 N Mozart Avenue which at the moment is collecting garbage and weeds. How about creating a community Garden? leasing the lot to a Neighborhood Organization to do that and getting it's tenants involved. A garden brings the community together, is educational and fun for kids and adults, gives joy to the Neighbors walking bye. Once a space is created there are so many things you can do.

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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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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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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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Resident Services

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Changing the Mindsets

Change lives from dependency to independency by creating incentives and drives to foster integrity, respect, honesty and making a person feel complete as well as being more resourceful. Change the environment by addressing social and economic conditions. Do not allow the underground economy (drugs and gangs) to infiltrate. Set up strict rules and abide by them. It is all about tough love. Focus on the children by bringing ...more »

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Development Focus

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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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