Sunday, May 15, 2011

CHA: Most high-rise residents relocated in city

CHA: Most high-rise residents relocated in city

This article is actually from last month and includes a comment by Alderman-elect Roderick Sawyer. This quote concerns Chatham:
The CHA, however, acknowledged that it has lost track of 2,202 families that once lived in CHA housing, and another 1,307 households found housing without CHA assistance.

Former residents now live in 71 of Chicago's 77 neighborhoods, according to the report. However, the majority of them moved to neighborhoods such as Englewood, Woodlawn, Auburn Gresham, Roseland and Greater Grand Crossing, communities that already were burdened with high crime and poverty. Others moved into working-class African-American communities such as Chatham and South Shore, saturating formerly stable neighborhoods of single-family homes with renters.

Chatham went from one voucher household in 1999 to 117 by the end of last year.

Roderick Sawyer, the alderman-elect whose 6th Ward includes Chatham, said the neighborhood has "more of a transient nature" over the last decade, though he could not attribute all of it to CHA residents moving in.

"Outside investors are going for the guaranteed rent, voucher rent, instead of selling them to homeowners," Sawyer said. "We've had long-term residents. … They're part of the community. When you've got more transients, you don't get a chance to know your neighbor."

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