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Chicago Tribune: Tougher affordable housing proposal heads to City Council

By Mary Ellen Podmolik, Housing Reporter Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration made a few last-minute changes to a proposed affordable housing ordinance Tuesday night, seeking to garner more developer support for the proposal. It didn’t work but it didn’t matter. Despite warnings that the measure will stifle development and jobs, a joint City Council committee approved…

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Chicago Tribune: Sides to face off on Chicago’s affordable housing proposal

By Mary Ellen Podmolik, Housing Reporter Some of Chicago’s most active residential developers are headed to City Hall on Wednesday to warn council members what will happen to the city’s housing renaissance if a proposal to boost affordable housing sails through unchanged. Development won’t grind to a halt, they say. In fact, there will be…

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The Economist: Winter in Chicago – bracing, bitterly windy

By VvB WHEN your correspondent moved to Chicago at the end of October, her friends gave her a thermal blanket, her godmother two pairs of gloves (one for cold and one for even colder weather) and her mother sent her to The North Face, a retailer, to get the warmest winter boots they make. “Is…

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The Chicago Reporter: Reforms target job barriers for ex-offenders

By Adeshina Emannuel Savon Patterson struck the fingers of his right hand with his left index finger as he counted his financial obligations one-by-one. “I got to pay my car note,” the 21-year-old father said last month. “I have to move. I got another kid on the way. Christmas is coming up. Phone bill, credit…

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Chicago Tribune: Project aims to place more homeless youths in private housing

By Tony Briscoe Antwan Jones still remembers the feeling of disbelief when he and his mother were evicted from their West Side apartment, forcing him into homelessness at 16 years old. “I was shocked. It almost felt unreal in the way that I thought, you know, it would be over in a few days,” said…

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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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