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The CHA's 'supervoucher' program: a desegregation strategy that never was

The CHA's 'supervoucher' program: a desegregation strategy that never was: Chicago Reader

On the morning of July 8, 2015, Julian Castro, the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, stood before a group of reporters and television cameras on Chicago's south side. Flanked by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Housing Authority's acting CEO, Eugene Jones, Castro was in town to make an important announcement—a mea culpa of sorts on behalf of the American government. Nearly 50 years after the passage of the Fair Housing Act, the nation had failed to reverse decades of segregation.

New report by Chicago Urban League highlights housing segregation: The Examiner

One of the the first impressions that visitors and tourists often remark about Chicago is its racial segregation, an insight into a reality that has been sustained, and supported over many decades, despite some pockets of relief. Reluctantly acknowledged by some, the reality has had an effect on the social fabric of the city and has resulted in limiting the economic and employment opportunities for African Americans.

Study Highlights Energy Burden for Households and How Energy Efficiency Can Help

A new study out today confirms that low-income, households of color, multifamily and renting households spend a much larger percentage of their income on energy bills than the average family, providing new evidence of the urgent need to expand energy efficiency programs to vulnerable communities.

When the Poor Move, Do They Move Up?

When the Poor Move, Do They Move Up?: American Prospect

When Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in April of 1968, the bill that would become the federal Fair Housing Act was at risk of stalling in Congress. King's assassination, and the nationwide civil disturbances that ensued, helped the Act sail through the legislative process. Lyndon Johnson signed the bill into law just two weeks later; today, in recognition of these transformative events, April has been designated National Fair Housing Month.

Blanket bans on criminal convictions violate Fair Housing Act, HUD says

Landlords who institute blanket bans on tenants with prior arrests or criminal convictions are in violation of the Fair Housing Act, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said in a document released Monday.

The stories behind the unseen eviction crisis

The stories behind the unseen eviction crisis: PBS NewsHour

Every year, American families are evicted from their homes in the millions. But while economic controversies like unemployment rates and welfare reform continue to grab headlines, the eviction crisis has gone largely unreported. Sociologist Matthew Desmond examined the experiences of evicted families for his new book “Evicted,” and joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss what he learned.

Opinions mixed on ordinance encouraging developers to build affordable housing: Gazette

Rising housing prices and stagnating wages have hurt many Chicago families in the search for a place to call home. In October, a change in the City’s Affordable Housing Ordinance (ARO) attempted to stem a tide of older affordable housing being demolished faster than new affordable housing is being built, while developers have been skirting obligations to build lower cost units.

April 2016 - Fair Housing Month

HUD Kicks Off Fair Housing Month 2016 By Launching National Media Campaign That Depicts Shared Opportunity For All
April 2016 - Fair Housing Month

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today kicked off Fair Housing Month 2016 with the launch of a new national media campaign that helps the public to envision what communities with shared opportunity for all might look like. The new campaign is designed to further educate the public about their housing rights and the ideals behind HUD’s new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) initiative.

The Rent Is Too Damn High in Chicago (And Most Places)

The Rent Is Too Damn High in Chicago (And Most Places): Chicago Magazine

The latest Census numbers roiled Chicago, when people found out that the Chicago metropolitan statistical area (not the city, we don’t have those numbers yet) and Cook County had lost population. There are a lot of reasons, and beneath those, further reasons analysts will be processing for a while.

Seven years after the Great Recession, some Chicago suburbs may never recover

Mitchell and Loria Versher say they were looking for one thing when they bought their first home in South suburban Markham: "Stability."

They might have been better off buying swampland in Florida.

In retrospect, July 31, 2007, was a bad day to go shopping for property anywhere.

But the modest 900-square-foot Cape Cod-style home the Vershers bought that day for $137,000, on the eve of the worldwide credit crunch, has fared especially badly, by any standard.