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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: Hard work of many led to single room occupancy ordinance

By Mark Brown, columnist Just two years ago, a group of Chicago community activists weren’t sure they could find a single alderman to champion the cause of saving the city’s disappearing stock of single-room occupancy housing. With SROs more often viewed as problem buildings than a precious last chance affordable housing option for the poor,…

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Chicago Tribune: Chicago aldermen pass SRO preservation law

Editor’s Note: Led by ONE Northside, CCH partnered on Chicago For All to advocate for the SRO preservation ordinance. By Mary Ellen Podmolik, Chicago Tribune reporter Owners of single-room-occupancy hotels in Chicago will not be able to so easily evict residents and convert their properties to market-rate apartments, under an ordinance approved Wednesday by the…

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Chicago Sun-Times: City Council preserves dwindling supply of SRO buildings

By Fran Spielman, Chicago Sun-Times reporter The City Council on Wednesday took a small, but still important step toward solving Chicago’s low-income housing crisis — by preserving the city’s dwindling supply of single-room-occupancy buildings. The plan, hammered out by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office, makes it more costly for the owners to convert those SRO buildings…

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Equal Voice News: Chicago residents to leaders – listen to the people

By Brad Wong, Assistant News Editor A Tuesday rally involving more than 800 people put the spotlight again on issues of concern to working families: Better wages, good jobs and neighborhood support. (Online story includes photos from CCH). Election 2014 was just last week, but working families, low-income individuals and grassroots activists in Chicago are…

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Chicago Tribune: Cook County Land Bank to sell first 2 homes to developers

Editor’s Note: CCH Policy Director Julie Dworkin serves on the Cook County Land Bank Board of Directors. By Mary Ellen Podmolik, Chicago Tribune housing reporter The brick bungalow in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood doesn’t look like much from the outside, with its windows covered with plywood, silver tape dangling from a second-floor eave and a…

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WBEZ Public Radio: Half of all public school students in Illinois considered low-income

By Linda Lutton, WBEZ Education Reporter Illinois has hit a milestone it was not trying for. Numbers released by the Illinois State Board of Education in its annual school report card show that—for the first time ever—low-income children now outnumber middle-class students in the state’s public schools. It’s a trend that could affect everything from…

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The Daily Northwestern: Panel discusses minimum wage increase before referendum vote

By Mark Ficken, Reporter A raise in the minimum wage affects not only workers, but the entire community, said McDonald’s employee Nancy Salgado at Northwestern on Wednesday night. Salgado is a member of Chicago’s Fight for 15 campaign, which is working to raise minimum wage to $15. She spoke to about 60 students at University Hall…

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Chicago Tribune: Chicago Housing Authority opens waitlists for public housing, vouchers

Editor’s Note: This article includes mention of a CCH Re-Entry Project event, which mobilized 135 ex-offenders to march to CHA headquarters to announce their plans to apply for housing assistance. Photo (above) depicts part of the march. (Tribune photo by Antonio Perez) By Lolly Bowean, Tribune reporter For most of his adult life, Clifford McKnight…

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CityLab from the Atlantic: Drawing Attention to Chicago’s Anti-Homeless Measures With ‘Compartment 13′

Chicago has constructed sloped barriers beneath the Kedzie Underpass to force out Lazarus Alcazar and other homeless men and women. This comic tells his story. By Darryl Holliday and Jamie Hibdon Homeless people in Chicago face many of the same challenges as low- to no- income people around the world. But city officials took those troubles one step…

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Chicago Tribune: Chicago revamps its SRO proposal

Editor’s Note: CCH is a member of the Chicago For All coalition of housing advocates negotiating for an SRO preservation ordinance. By Mary Ellen Podmolik, Tribune reporter Chicago has backed away from a proposal to regulate the redevelopment of single-room-occupancy hotels in the city, and instead will offer more options for building owners and developers…

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