Federal funds can no longer create segregation, however inadvertent (I hope)

The New York Times published an informative editorial outlining the history, implications, and reasoning of the recent Supreme Court decision regarding the Fair Housing Act. The piece describes the racial segregation propagated by developers who use federal tax credits to build more affordable housing in already depressed areas.  The excuse of economic development rarely produces […]

Illinois receives more than $6 million to fund 200 units of supportive affordable housing

Illinois residents with a stake in affordable housing rejoiced in early March when the state became one of 25 states granted funding for housing projects targeted to extremely low-income disabled people below the age of 65. Funds come from the Section 811 Project Assistance Rental (PRA) program and are distributed to state housing agencies by the federal Department of […]

The affordable housing program that wasn’t

The headline of a recent New York Times article reads “In program to spur affordable housing, $100 million penthouse gets 95% tax cut.” Like many of the protesters featured in the article, I was outraged to hear this news. According to the author, there is a widely used tax-credit program in New York City, the […]

January Roundup: Seven Stories in the News

January was full of proposed solutions, problems, deferred legislation. America is on the cusp of change, either toward a holistic, affordable-housing based society or toward a bifurcated state comprised only of the very rich and the very poor, the antithesis of our founders’ intended country. I hope we land on the side of balance. 1) Who gets […]

Do the proposed amendments to Chicago’s affordable housing ordinance go far enough?

On Wednesday, Mayor Emanuel submitted a proposed amendment of the Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO) to the Chicago City Council. Read more about the ordinance and the suggested changes here. I am proud of the mayor for realizing that the 247 units created under the ordinance since 2007 is inadequate when compared to the city’s housing needs. But I […]