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 […]

Poverty as a put-down

American’s have long conflated class with race. Emily Badger’s article in the Washington Post shows how Section 8 housing (which covers both public and voucher programs) became synonymous with poverty, violence, and blackness and how, when linked together, these attributes are a used as a slur. Because of the history and media coverage of the […]

11 tips for preparing for your Section 8/ Housing Choice Voucher interview

So, after years of waiting, your application has been selected for your local Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Progam (colloquially known as Section 8). Congratulations! Now what? The process of interviewing and gathering documentation can be daunting, and this is the stage where many people lose their opportunity to receive a voucher. Public housing websites are […]