A return to writing and a protest at Lathrop Homes

Okay I’m back. I realize I keep saying this. I also keep hoping it is true. I have been writing, just not here. If you’re interested, I started a personal blog that focuses mainly on anxiety, a recent running injury, and my thoughts on the world in general. Writing about myself was a bit of a […]

Will new performance fees keep CHA property managers honest?

The Chicago Housing Authority’s new CEO, Eugene Jones, has made his first radical change to public housing. Last June, the CHA issued a request for proposals (RFP) for property management contracts. For the purposes of the RFP, Chicago was divided into five zones and companies were asked to bid on up to all five zones, with […]

Preserving housing along The 606

Residents living along the route of Chicago’s new recreational trail The 606 (also known as Bloomingdale Trail) are, as predicted, feeling the pressure of gentrification. For low-income families, this could mean a forced exodus further west, away from the city, where rents and property values remain low.  Mayor Emanuel promised to help preserve affordable housing […]

Keeping the Promise Ordinance in Chicago’s City Council today

The Chicago Housing Initiative and supporting Aldermen are introducing the Keeping the Promise Ordinance to Chicago’s City Council today. The Ordinance will create oversight and accountability for the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) by requiring the CHA to report to the Council on a quarterly basis; to replace each demolished unit with another unit on a one-for-one basis […]

Is affordable housing in the suburbs really affordable?

A recent article in The Atlantic about affordable housing in exclusive Chicago suburbs such as Glenview, started me thinking about the efficacy of affordable housing in the suburbs (or, rather, gave me an excuse to share my thoughts about it here, because housing in the suburbs is never far from my mind). The article praises […]

More changes come to the CHA with John T Hooker as new Chairman

The Chicago Housing Authority will welcome a new board chairman in August, when current Chairwoman Zaldwaynaka “Z” Scott retires from the position. Mayor Emanuel has chosen John T. Hooker as Scott’s replacement. Hooker has worked for more than forty years for ComEd, most recently as vice president of legislative and external affairs, lobbying for the […]