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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.

Community members in Chicago Protest Lathrop Homes plan

As plans to makeover Chicago’s Lathrop Homes become more clear, debate becomes more heated over whether the development team has the storied development’s best interests in mind.

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 Coalition Criticizes Giveaway to Private Developers

Private developers, not tenants, will be the big winners in Mayor Rahm Emauel's new "Plan Forward" CHA initiative.

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.

HUD seeking Letters of Support for historic preservation of Lathrop Homes

HUD seeking Letters of Support for historic preservation of the Lathrop Homes.

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.

Lathrop Homes the New Navy Pier? Redevelopment Planned for CHA Project.

Mary Thomas, a nine-year Lathrop resident and member of the housing project's leadership team, shared Cornwell's concerns.

"Now all of a sudden they've announced 50 percent market rate. Why don't they give us 50 percent public?" she asked. "There's just too much of a need for housing right now."

A Vision For Chicago Public Housing, Stymied And Contested

"[Mary] Thomas says all three of the concepts for Lathrop should be dumped and there should be more input from residents. She says there's little affordable housing in the area and there's no need for market-rate units at all."

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? 

JCUA in Letter to Rahm: Keep Lathrop Homes Public

JCUA speaks up in solidarity with Lathrop Homes residents in a letter to city officials, stating: Keep Lathrop Homes 100% public housing, and lease up the hundreds of units at Lathrop that are currently vacant.

Chicago Residents Share Public Housing Concerns with Mayoral Candidates.

Lathrop resident testifies.

Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) is opening its Public Housing Wait List for Family, Elderly, and Elderly and/or Disabled Developments
Application for public housing wait list.