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DNAinfo.com Chicago: With SRO plan on Council agenda, advocates unsure how Cappleman will vote

By Adeshina Emmanuel UPTOWN — After saying months ago he supported the crafting of a law to help save the city’s dwindling single-room-occupancy hotels, 46th Ward Ald. James Cappleman’s current stance is less clear to community activists and advocates for homeless people who thought they had his backing. Cappleman said in a statement to DNAinfo…

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Chicago Tribune: CHA saved millions while residents waited, report says – agency collected federal housing dollars intended for vouchers but didn’t spend the money

By Lolly Bowean For the first time in more than five years, the Chicago Housing Authority has opened its waiting list and is issuing housing choice vouchers to 3,000 new residents who need help paying their rent, officials with the agency said. But while the expansion of the housing choice program is being hailed by…

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Daily Herald Editorial Board: Homeless education funding scarce but needed

Rick West/rwest@dailyherald.com  Alex Fulton graduated from Hampshire High School and was accepted at DePaul University after being essentially homeless for the last year and a half. He’s lived with a friend after difficulties with both of his divorced parents and has worked full-time while finishing school. The Daily Herald Editorial Board As we learned in…

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Daily Herald: Shocking increase of students in suburbs – shocking increases in suburbs far outpace state average

By Melissa Silverberg Link to Daily Herald charts & maps Alex Fulton will start classes at DePaul University this fall with more than 2,400 other incoming freshmen. Unlike most of them, a year ago Fulton thought college was beyond his reach. As one of thousands of homeless students in the Chicago suburbs, he was preoccupied…

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: Ald. Cappleman figures he has license to act this way

By Mark Brown, columnist This has been quite a week for Ald. James Cappleman (46th) LCSW. If you don’t know, LCSW stands for licensed clinical social worker, which is Cappleman’s profession by training, as he always makes sure to remind everyone. Cappleman brought it up again Wednesday while explaining why he opposes Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s…

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: City calls mixed signals on ‘homeless outreach’ a ‘little kink,’ homeless call it ‘lying’

Frank Ozny, Claude Michaelis, and Sam Filan are homeless and the Chicago Park District and Chicago Police may have them removed from Montrose Beach. | Photos by Alex Wroblewski By Mark Brown, columnist It was sometime after 1:30 a.m. Tuesday when Chicago police swept the homeless people out of the park along Lake Shore Drive…

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: Calling delayed tent removal op ‘homeless outreach’ a bit of a reach

By Mark Brown, columnist City officials postponed a “homeless outreach” effort planned for Monday night in which Chicago Police and Park District security personnel were scheduled to root out individuals sleeping in tents along the north lakefront. It may be coincidental, but the change of plans didn’t come until late Monday afternoon after I’d made…

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DNAinfo.com Chicago: Landlord criticized for displacing poor tenants to offer affordable housing

By Adeshina Emmanuel UPTOWN — Flats Chicago — a booming real estate company that has been criticized for displacing poor tenants — has entered into a $4.3 million partnership with the city to provide dozens of affordable housing units in its buildings in Uptown and Edgewater. The company’s agreement with the city’s Low-Income Housing Trust…

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City of Chicago: Mayor Emanuel and Ald. Suarez announce task force to reform Affordable Requirements Ordinance to create more housing options

Community Leaders and Developers Will Make Recommendation to Add 1,000 Affordable Housing Units Over 5 Years, a Fivefold Increase Over Units Created since 2007 By the Mayor’s Press Office Mayor Emanuel and Alderman Ray Suarez (31st ward) today announced the establishment of an Affordable Housing Task Force consisting of community leaders, aldermen and developers to…

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National Catholic Reporter: Goal of Ignatian retreats to help people move out of poverty, find hope

By Elisabeth Deffner, Catholic News Service He was a young man, but his addiction had been raging for a long time — and it had destroyed everything. He was estranged from his wife, his small children were living in another part of the country, and he was enrolled in a program to try to help…

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