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Jacobin: Losing homelessness in an Excel sheet

By Amien Essif The federal government is using data gimmicks to mask the true scope of homelessness. At its annual awards ceremony last month, the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) honored New York City for leading the nation in reducing homelessness among veterans, apparently cutting it by 64 percent in just three years. NAEH president Nan…

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WBEZ: Families make up a growing number of the homeless population

By Susie An The people we see at an underpass might be the most visible among the homeless population in Chicago. But families make up a major part of the count, and they often go unnoticed. If you saw Marilyn Escoe, you might just see a single mother to four. A few years ago, she…

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The Chicago Reporter: CHA wait list exposes Chicago’s affordable housing crisis

By Jonah Newman More than a quarter of Chicago households–more than 282,000–recently turned to the Chicago Housing Authority in their search for a better or more affordable home. The households are vying for an apartment in public housing or a housing voucher, either of which could be a step up from their current living situations….

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WBEZ: Panel & series for ‘Rules of the Ramp: Surviving while homeless in Chicago’

WBEZ’s Afternoon Shift hosted a panel and call-in discussion following its radio series on the lives of homeless people who panhandle on expressway ramps in Chicago. Hosted by Niala Boodhoo, the panelists were CCH Policy Director Julie Dworkin, Chicago House Development Officer Jim LoBianco, and Bud, a panhandler profiled in the series. Listen to the…

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Bloomberg News: Fannie, Freddie to start paying into low-income housing fund

Editor’s Note: ​Chicago Coalition for the Homeless has supported work by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, which for more than a decade advocated a dedicated source of federal funding for housing for extremely low-income households. In 2008, legislation passed to create a National Affordable Housing Trust Fund, but it was never funded. Six years…

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Chicago Tribune: Affordable housing advocates say proposal falls short

By Mary Ellen Podmolik, Housing Reporter Affordable housing advocates gathered at City Hall on Wednesday morning ahead of the Chicago City Council meeting to complain that the city’s latest effort to preserve and increase the supply of housing for low- and moderate-income residents does not go far enough. An ordinance introduced Wednesday would create three…

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The Chicago Reader: Kasonja Holley is feeding the Loop’s homeless on her lunch break

By Megan Thielking Once a week, Kasonja Holley slips off her heels, laces up a pair of white sneakers, and leaves work for her lunch break. She isn’t the one eating, though. Holley stops into the tiny Subway tucked into Marina City towers, picks up 20 six-inch cold cut combos, and heads out to feed…

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Chicago Tribune: Developers face bigger fees if they miss affordable housing quota

By Mary Ellen Podmolik, Housing Reporter Developers of some of Chicago’s highest-priced apartments and condominiums will have to create affordable housing or write even bigger checks if City Hall pushes through an affordable housing ordinance expected to be introduced Wednesday. Changes to the city’s 7-year-old Affordable Requirements Ordinance have some of the largest companies worried…

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: Plan to rehab foreclosed properties makes sense; why aren’t feds on board?

By Mark Brown, columnist When Diane Limas talks, I listen, and I’d always advise others to do the same. Limas, 70, is the volunteer president of Communities United, which used to be known as the Albany Park Neighborhood Council until the group did so many good works that one neighborhood couldn’t hold it. I listen…

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Pew Charitable Trusts Stateline: ‘Invisible’ homeless kids challenge states

By Teresa Wiltz Chances are you won’t see one of the nation’s fastest growing homeless populations camped out on a park bench or queuing up at a local shelter. One in 30 of American children is homeless—an all-time high of 2.5 million, according to a new report by the National Center on Family Homelessness (NCFH)….

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