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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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WBEZ: FLATS Chicago developer weighs in on housing affordability debate

By Odette Yousef, WBEZ’s North Side Bureau reporter Access the WBEZ audio The City of Chicago continues to work on an ordinance to address the phenomenon of fast-disappearing single-room and residential hotels. In recent years, many of these traditionally affordable housing options, particularly along the lakefront on the city’s North Side, have been bought and…

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Chicago Defender: Chicago sees more homeless youth, especially African Americans

By Andrea V. Watson/Defender Staff Reporter Rashad Davis said he found himself in a situation at 16 years old where he was about to end up homeless, but a friend’s parent took him in. Davis was fortunate enough to have someone else open up their home to him, but many Chicago youth, particularly African American…

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Crain’s Chicago Business: Cook County Land Bank sweeping up the debris of the housing crisis

Policy Director Julie Dworkin is a member of the Cook County Land Bank Board of Directors. Story by Micah Maidenberg/Photos by John R. Boehm Speaking to a group of South Side real estate executives recently, Brian White, the new executive director of the Cook County Land Bank Authority, tiptoed along a delicate line: His fledgling…

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Legislation Law Prof Blog: The opportunity of the Illinois Bill of Rights for the Homeless Act – how it came to be and how universities can ensure it creates social change

By the Health Justice Project Joining the Legislation Law Prof Blog to discuss the passage of the Illinois Bill of Rights for the Homeless Act are Rene Heybach, Jennifer Cushman, and Graham Bowman from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.  The Illinois Bill of Rights for the Homeless Act (Homeless Bill of Rights) is the…

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: SRO tenants get an assist from mayor

By Mark Brown, columnist In a case of better late than never, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration on Tuesday called for a six-month moratorium on the conversion or demolition of Single Room Occupancy housing and residential hotels. The moratorium comes more than a year after low-income housing advocates began raising alarms about the rapid disappearance of…

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Crain’s Chicago Business, Greg Hinz: Emanuel moves to stop loss of SRO units

By Greg Hinz, columnist In a gesture toward the city’s poorer residents, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is moving to impose a six-month moratorium on eliminating single room occupancy housing and residential hotels. The proposal comes as Mr. Emanuel prepares to seek re-election and could help him garner votes in parts of Chicago where he has…

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DNAinfo.com Chicago: Rahm backs six-month moratorium on SRO conversions, demolitions

Editor’s Note: CCH is a partner in the Chicago For All coalition By Tanveer Ali Mayor Rahm Emanuel will introduce a bill that would set up a six-month moratorium on single-room occupancy housing and residential hotels deemed by advocates as “housing of last resort.” About 6,000 units citywide could be affected by the moratorium, which the…

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