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CHA maneuvering on Lathrop Homes an unfortunate development

“It’s not the final step by any means,” Sahli (CHA Chief Housing Officer) said, adding that “there’s still lots of room for community discussion.”  But for those who have seen the CHA mow down its public housing stock without always making good on its promises, such assurances have an unsettling ring.

Residents of Bucktown, Roscoe Village fume as CHA vote on redevelopment plan nears

“There are not enough words or ways to describe how much of an insult this is to the community,” said Lissette Castañeda, co-chair of the housing and land use committee for the Logan Square Neighborhood Association.

Lathrop Residents PUSH against CHA Plan.

"A tower is out of character and it's wrong," Waguespack said. "We don't want to allow CHA to do something that organizations and people around it are opposed to."

In letters and a published opinion piece, Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno, 1st, has also been critical of the CHA proposal and pushed for more affordable housing at the site.

A High-rise at Lathrop Homes?

Journalist Curtis Black documents that CHA's talk about replacing Lathrop's public housing units is just that - talk, with no commitments envisioned in  the Lathrop master plan.

Residents, activists oppose new vision for Lathrop Homes

Lathrop residents including many LSNA leaders were out in force for the Lathrop Community Partners meeting on the future of Lathrop Homes. “I just want Lathrop to still be Lathrop,” said Corie Cornwell, 29, a resident who grew up in the complex. “We just want to be able to live here as we have always been.”

Two community meetings about Lathrop Homes scheduled for this week

Communications and specificity about the plans has frustrated and angered public officials, residents and neighbors.

Preview of Draft Master Plan for Lathrop Homes released

The plan calls for preserving most of the Lathrop's buildings north of Diversey Parkway, but demolishing all but three buildings south of Diversey.  It continues to include 45 percent market-rate development.

Tenant group sues Chicago Housing Authority

Elizabeth Rosenthal represents the Cabrini-Green Local Advisory Council. She explained that residents stand to lose much more than fair housing.

Cabrini-Green residents sue CHA over renovated units

"Public housing in not a bad word. Public housing is a safety net that needs to be preserved, rehabilitated or built new," said Jessie Avraham, from the Chicago Housing Initiative.

CHA Broke Promise to Rehab Cabrini Rowhouses, Lawsuit Alleges

CHA's decision to go back on their promise perpetuates segregation, according to Elizabeth Rosenthal an attorney with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago.

Emanuel's CHA plan challenged

Leah Levinger drew parallels between the Emanuel’s plan to step up investment in private developments and the parking meter privatization deal.  The PFT’s mixed-income developments have been a “massive transfer of assets to private control,” at great benefit to private developers but with little advantage to taxpayers and the public.

Housing project preserves quality in time of tear-down

Tribune columnist Mary Schmich visits with Lathrop residents Titus Kerby and Aida Maisonet and Preservation Chicago President Jonathan Fine.

More market-rate homes proposed at CHA's Lathrop site

"The majority of the 258 respondents favored restoring the current buildings or reusing most of them, according to the agency. Residents in the area expressed concern about the height of the proposed buildings, and they opposed dramatically increasing the number of apartments, the CHA's report shows."

Mandatory update - people CURRENTLY on Public HCV and Scattered Site Wait Lists MUST update their information.

If you are currently on the CHA Public Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) or Scattered Site Wait List you MUST update your contact information to remain eligible. Those who do not update their information will be considered no longer interested and may be removed from wait list.

What's wrong with the three Lathrop Scenarios?

How do the three proposed scenarios compare to Lathrop Homes today and to the CHA Guidelines in the Request for Proposal issued 2010? 

Lathrop plans: little preservation, big TIF

“We were never involved,”  said long-time resident Mary Thomas, a leader of the Lathrop Leadership Team.  “It’s fraudulent.”

The National Park Service has listed the Lathrop Homes on the National Register of Historic Places!

"a vindication for the Lathrop residents, alumni & allies who have campaigned for so many years to preserve Lathrop ...This is a moment to savor, but our fight goes on."

Advocates Balk At CHA's New Plan For Transformation Input Process

"It appears to be a pretty limited public input process," says John McDermott, housing and  land use director of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association.

At Lathrop Homes, CHA's talk of transformation brings worry

Residents fight to have their voices heard.