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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: Future of affordable housing unclear after SRO tenant deals

By Mark Brown, columnist In a bid to preserve his home in Logan Square’s bug-infested Milshire Hotel, Fred Bartels testified before the City Council just last month in favor of a city moratorium on converting or demolishing single-room occupancy and residential hotels. On Friday, Bartels was making plans for what he could do with the…

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The Huffington Post: There may be more homeless kids than you think – the Homeless Children and Youth Act

By Robbie Couch A shift in tracking homeless children may benefit young ones falling through the cracks in the current system. If the Homeless Children and Youth Act, sponsored by Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), passes into law, the Department of Education and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) would be…

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A Chicago Department of Family and Support Services worker talks with the homeless underneath North Lake Shore Drive on West Lawrence Avenue on Monday night. | Alex Wroblewski / Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: Homeless in Uptown stay put for now

By Mark Brown, columnist With the rain falling Monday night, the homeless people who stay along Lake Shore Drive in Uptown were easy to spot, gathered under the viaducts to stay dry instead of sleeping in the park. Word was the city was planning to show up late to remove them again, so many had…

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Chicago Sun-Times Editorial: Housing for the poor going unbuilt by the CHA

 CHA spending, reserves CHICAGO SUN-TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD The Chicago Housing Authority is sitting on hundreds of millions of dollars even as the city’s affordable housing needs grow more dire, a study released last week confirmed. Confirmed, we say, because a band of housing activists have been sounding that alarm for a year, and this page…

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Equal Voice News: Number of homeless (Chicago) students merits attention

  Edited by Bradley Wong The Windy City has set another record. But homeless advocates in Chicago say that the record is unacceptable – and demands attention by city leaders. What is turning heads among advocates and residents is that the number of homeless students enrolled in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) soared by 3,475 young…

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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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