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Chicago revamps its SRO proposal

Chicago revamps its SRO proposal: Chicago Tribune

Chicago has backed away from a proposal to regulate the redevelopment of single-room-occupancy hotels in the city, and instead will offer more options for building owners and developers while still requiring cash payments for displaced long-term tenants.

The Supreme Court’s next assault on protections against discrimination: housing

The Supreme Court’s next assault on protections against discrimination: housing: Vox

Right now, courts treat housing discrimination as a statistical question: if the plaintiffs can prove, with raw data, that a housing policy has a disproportionately negative effect on racial minorities or other protected groups, then it's discriminatory and against the law.

But a case on the Supreme Court's docket for its next term could change that, forcing plaintiffs to prove that the defendants wrote the policy intending to discriminate — a much tougher bar to clear.

Grants available to remodel apartment buildings

Grants available to remodel apartment buildings: Austin Talks

If you’re a landlord or owner of a contracting company based in Austin, the Oak Park Regional Housing Center wants to help you remodel your apartment building.

The Austin Ascending Project began earlier this year to promote Austin as a desirable community where people of all races can live together and value each other.

The grant program offers landlords with two- to four-unit buildings up to $4,000 in grants per unit. But the unit must be vacant, according to application guidelines available on the project’s website.

Chicago High-Rise Management Company Taking Proactive Approach To Combat Bed Bugs

Chicago High-Rise Management Company Taking Proactive Approach To Combat Bed Bugs: CBS Chicago

We often hear about high-rise bed bug infestations in the news, but one management company is taking proactive steps, to make sure their buildings are not in the headlines. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot has this Original Report.

They cause itching, scratching and sleepless nights. Nataliya Rozhok she doesn’t want to see bed bugs in her apartment.

“I’ve never had them so I wouldn’t know what to look for but I’m sure if I had them, I would know,” she said.

Milshire Hotel Focus of Affordable Housing Rally in Logan Square

Milshire Hotel Focus of Affordable Housing Rally in Logan Square: DNA Info

The fight to keep the Milshire Hotel affordable took to the streets Tuesday night as nearly 100 people met at The Eagle monument before marching to the Logan Square SRO.

Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) joined the crowd to support a plan that would preserve the transient hotel for low-income men and women in the neighborhood. A wave of privatization in public and affordable housing “sets a bad trend for what we want to see in our neighborhood,” he said.

Pulling at the seams

Uptown's decades-long heritage of diversity beginning to crumble
Pulling at the seams: Columbia Chronicle

“Hey, man, can I have a smoke?”

Startled from his private thoughts, Tobias Elder tried to keep walking past the man who asked him for a cigarette. The man looked like he could be a gang member, Elder says, and Elder was not in the mood to barter over cigarettes, so he tossed him the whole pack and tried to move on.

Chicago's affordable housing is pricey and rare

Chicago's affordable housing is pricey and rare: Crain's

Big cities are difficult places for low-income households to find affordable apartments, but some urban areas offer more units and lower costs than others. The Chicago area is in the middle of the pack compared with other cities but worse than the country as a whole.

Milshire Hotel Eyed By Fishman, But SRO Ordinance Could Give Nonprofit Edge

Milshire Hotel Eyed By Fishman: DNA Info

As the city moves to keep single room occupancy housing available to low-income residents, a nonprofit group is going up against a prominent Logan Square landlord in a bid to buy the embattled Milshire Hotel.

Low-income residents of the Milshire, 2525 N. Milwaukee Ave., were asked to leave in late May when the SRO's owner Art Fischoff announced he was selling the bed bug-infested building in a booming part of the neighborhood.

Rosemoor Hotel owner ordered to pay tenants $3,000 each for move

Rosemoor Hotel owner ordered to pay tenants $3,000 each for move: Sun-Times

A group of SRO tenants who probably couldn’t afford to buy a late-model Chevy if they pooled their money taught luxury auto dealer Joe Perillo a lesson Friday in Cook County Circuit Court.

In the process, they learned something about themselves.

It was a beautiful thing to see.

The 15 or so tenants applauded spontaneously when Circuit Judge Edward Harmening ordered Perillo, owner of the Rosemoor Hotel, to pay each of them $3,000 to help them vacate the building on an emergency basis.

Proposed SRO Ordinance to Offer Incentives and Assistance to Building Owners, Preserve 700 Units by 2018

Proposed SRO Ordinance to Offer Incentives and Assistance to Building Owners, Preserve 700 Units by 2018: Gapers Block

"I know that we like to fight. But there are sometimes where we have to sit down and get something done...and we got something big done in the city of Chicago," Ald. Walter Burnett said as he stood in front of dozens of community activists this morning and praised Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office and the work of the Chicago for All Coalition at press conference introducing The Single-Room Occupancy and Residential Hotel Preservation Ordinance.

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