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HUD Solution to CHA’s Spending on Luxury Apartments? More Spending

Chicago Daily Observer 31 July 2014 2 Comments

On the day a think-tank publicly released a report that says the Chicago Housing Authority has been socking away hundreds of millions of dollars instead of using it for housing for the poor, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has asked the agency to do more.


“Since HUD learned of the level of the reserves, it has prompted CHA to issue more vouchers,” said Brian Gillen, a spokesman in the Chicago office, in a written statement.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune

Some background from Crain’s 


  • Sheila said:

    We have been short-changed from our first days as slaves til the present time! Nothing changes if nothing changes. I am glad more vouchers will be made available.

    Were any crimes committed as a result of this slight of hand? When will Daley be indicted for all of his crimes. Both Daley and Rahm should be held accountable!

  • Dr. Maat said:

    CHA needs to stop supporting or creating slumlords by not allocating or mandating money for real maintenance. It should pour more money into Regular preventive Maintenance, cleanup of pigeon mess, power window washing, and landscaping in Scattered Site and family buildings where good tenants need the organic soil, peat moss, mulch and plants to keep up the property beautification and appearance.

    Parking lots need renovation and re-stripe-ing in NE Scattered site building on Sheridan Rd. Tenants need to be reminded, unfortunately to pick up trash and place in cans provided rather than wait 3 months or never for Maintenance to clean it up after repeated neglected work orders. Tenants should not have their view blocked or be a target for burglars or pests that might hide in bushes. When the weeds are growing as high as trees and the bushes need trimming there should be immediate effort to do something other than lie to tenants and say it will be taken care of. And what is wrong with introducing new neighbors, so we know who are tenants and not unannounced visitors demanding entrance, but do not seem to know the name or bells of the persons they are visiting.

    CHA should free up apartments for persons who are disabled and ex-offenders who pose no threat or security risk and not sex offenders and will make good tenants who pay their rent. Every person arrested or convicted by such a corrupt criminal justice system is not necessarily a bad tenant nor guilty.

    Tenants who take care of external CHA property should be rewarded with the support they need or payment or rental discount if they are providing a service that Maintenance should be doing, but is not allowed or too overworked to get to it.

    BTW, I need to get an entomologist to study or identify the unusual bugs that occasionally enter my apartment from the bushy growth around my front windows. I have requested that Habitat cut down the growth several times over a 1 year period. Still waiting.

    Whitney Houston was waiting to exhale in the movie of the same name. I am just waiting to see out my windows.

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