Johnny Herndon was paid $34,000 a year to provide apartments to Section 8 public housing residents.
The high-rise projects were torn down years ago to place families in safer settings. Yet public housing residents today face violent crime throughout the city.
Every Chicago neighborhood and almost every suburb felt the impact of public housing transformation.
In some neighborhoods, new clusters of subsidized housing. In others, poverty is ‘a lot more invisible now.’
The number of subsidized households in Chicago’s suburbs jumped almost 30 percent since 2000.
In wake of Sun-Times/BGA stories on public housing tenants living in apartments with code violations, CHA may stop outsourcing Section 8 management.
Thousands spent years waiting in line for CHA housing aid, while others spent only a few days or weeks.
City Hall filed more than 200 lawsuits this year against landlords for inadequate heat. Dozens of those cases involve buildings subsidized through the Chicago Housing Authority.
Sun-Times/BGA report finds that, since the CHA started razing high-rises, providing housing for the poor has become a growth industry for private landlords.
Living in North Lawndale on Chicago’s West Side, a Section 8 voucher recipient looks to get out of the area.