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Chicago Public Housing

  1. Chicago Housing Authority

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    Chicago Housing Authority (CHA)
    Chicago Housing Authority (logo).png
    Agency overview
    Headquarters60 E. Van Buren Street.
    ChicagoIllinoisUnited States
    Annual budget$881 million (2012)[1]
    Agency executiveCharles Woodyard (2011),
    Chief Executive Officer
    The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) is a municipal corporation established by the State of Illinois in 1937 with jurisdiction for the administrative oversight of public housing within the City of Chicago. The agency's mission is guided by a Board of Commissioners appointed by the city's mayor, and has a budget independent from that of the City of Chicago. CHA is the largest rental landlord in Chicago, with more than 50,000 households. CHA owns over 21,000 apartments (9,200 units reserved for seniors and over 11,400 units in family and other housing types). It also oversees the administration of 37,000 Section 8 vouchers. The current CEO of the Chicago Housing Authority is Mr. Charles Woodyard. Woodyard is the former CEO of Charlotte Housing Authority.[2]



    The Chicago Housing Authority has built a number of public housing projects over the years. The first director of CHA was Elizabeth Wood, from 1937 until 1954. The Lathrop Homes were built in 1939. The Francis Cabrini and William Green Homes was started in 1942, ABLA is a complex of buildings started in 1943, Stateway Gardens was started in 1955, and Robert Taylor Homes was started in 1962. Between 1950 and 1969, the housing authority built 11 high rise projects for public housing, which isolated the extreme poor in "superblocks" that were not easily patrolled by police vehicles. Most of the households were headed by females, and the developments were almost entirely African American. Cabrini–Green, Henry Horner, Harold Ickes were just some of the developments. The Robert Taylor Homes, constructed in 1962, was the largest public housing project in the United States, claiming more than 4,000 units. CHA created the Chicago Housing Authority Police Department (CHAPD) which was formed in 1989 and was dissolved in 1999.

    Gautreaux v. Chicago Housing Authority[edit]

    In 1966, Dorothy Gautreaux and other CHA residents brought a suit against the CHA, in Gautreaux v. Chicago Housing Authority. It was a long-running case that in 1996 resulted in the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) taking over the CHA and the Gautreaux Project in which public housing families were relocated to the suburbs.


    On average, a Chicago public housing development is made up of: 69% African-American, 27% Latino, and 4% White and Other.[3][clarification needed]


    Housing ProjectLocationConstructedStatus
    Cabrini-GreenNear-North Side, North Side1942-62William Green Homes and Cabrini Extensions (demolished), Francis Cabrini Row-houses (renovated).
    Julia C. Lathrop Homesbordered by Bucktown and Roscoe Village, North-West Side1937-38awaiting re-development.
    Robert Taylor HomesBronzeville, South Side1961-62demolished, Replaced with a Mixed-income housing developmentLegends South.[4]
    Wentworth GardensBronzeville/Fuller Park, South Side1945renovated.
    Bridgeport HomesBridgeport, South-West Side1959-60renovated.
    Ida B. Wells HomesBronzeville, South Side1939-41demolished, Replaced with Oakwood Shores.[5]
    Stateway GardensBronzeville, South Side1955-58demolished, replaced with Mixed-income housing developmentPark Boulevard.
    Trumbull Park HomesSouth Deering, Far-South Side1938-39renovated.
    Dearborn HomesBronzeville, South Side1949-50renovated.
    Altgeld Gardens Homesborderline of Chicago and Riverdale, Illinois, Far-South Side1945renovated.
    Madden Park HomesBronzeville, South Side1970demolished, Replaced with Oakwood Shores.[5]
    Prairie CourtsSouth Commons, South Side1951-52demolished between 2000-2001.
    Racine CourtsWashington Heights, South-West Side1953redeveloped.
    Harold Ickes HomesBronzeville, South Side1954-55demolished.
    Lawndale GardensLittle Village, South-West Side1960renovated.
    Lowden HomesPrinceton Park, South-West Side1961-62renovated.
    Washington Park HomesBronzeville, South Side1963-64demolished.
    Henry Horner HomesWest Town, West Side1957-59demolished.
    Clarence Darrow HomesBronzeville, South Side1961demolished, Replaced with Oakwood Shores.[5]
    Lake Parc Place/Lake Michigan High-risesBronzeville, South Side1960-63Lake Michigan High-rises (demolished), Lake Parc Place (renovated).
    Jane Addams HomesUniversity Village, West Side1938-39demolished, replaced with townhouses and condominiums under the name Roosevelt Square.
    Rockwell GardensEast Garfield Park, West Side1958-59demolished, replaced with West End development.
    Robert Brooks Homes/ExtensionsUniversity Village, West Side1943demolished.
    Loomis CourtsUniversity Village, West Side1951demolished.
    Harrison CourtsEast Garfield Park, West Side1958demolished.
    Grace Abbott HomesUniversity Village, West Side1955demolished.
    LeClaire CourtsArcher Heights,South-West Side1958-59demolished.
    Judge Slater Apartments in the Bronzeville neighborhood.
    Lake Parc Place apartments high-rise buildings undergoing renovation.
    Harsh Apartments in the Kenwood/Oakland neighborhood.
    In addition to the traditional housing projects, CHA has 51 senior housing developments,[6] 61 scattered site housing[7]and 15 mixed-income housing developments.[8]

    Notable Residents[edit]

    Plan For Transformation/Plan Forward[edit]

    In 2000, the CHA began its Plan For Transformation, which called for the demolition of all of its gallery high-rise buildings because they failed HUD's viability test and proposed a renovated housing portfolio totaling 25,000 units. In April 2013, CHA created Plan Forward, the next phase of redeveloping public housing in Chicago. The plan includes the rehabilitation of homes, increasing economic sales around CHA developments and providing educational, job training to residents with Section 8 vouchers.[9]

    See also[edit]

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  2. Chicago Housing Authority - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    The Chicago Housing Authority has built a number of public housing projects over the years. The first director of CHA was Elizabeth Wood, from 1937 until 1954.
  3. Blueprint for Disaster: The Unraveling of Chicago Public Housing ...
    This book seeks to explain what went wrong with Chicago public housing through a detailed history. The reasons offered for the "disaster" include high ...
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  5. Transforming Chicago's Public Housing - Urban Land Magazine › Planning & Design
    Sep 23, 2013 - Chicago's plan to transform the city's entire portfolio of public housing is still unfinished after 13 years, more than $1 billion in investment, and ...
  6. A Social History of Chicago's Public Housing - Roosevelt University
    Given the acute housing shortage in Chicago and long tenant waiting lists for the yet-to-be-build public housing buildings, the CHA faced the difficult task of ...
  7. In ChicagoPublic Housing Experiment Enters New Phase : NPR › News › US › Around the Nation
    Jun 24, 2013 - The city has torn down all of its high rises and says it's close to completing its plans to transform public housing.Chicago leaders want to use ...
  8. Rescuing the Adorable Icons of Chicago's Public Housing Projects ...
    Sep 12, 2013 - These concrete animal statues were removed in the early 2000s, but a new project is hoping to bring them back.
  9. Has privatizing Chicago public housing done much to desegregate it ...
    Jul 10, 2013 - We were talking about segregation inChicago's public housing, something that the Chicago Housing Authority and the U.S. Department of ...
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    The National Public Housing Museum, a new national cultural institution and ... understanding of the multi-faceted history ofpublic housing in Chicago and other ...
  11. Articles about Public Housing - Chicago Tribune › Featured Articles
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      The home of what was one of the nation's most crime-ridden public ... “The Green” was a Chicago HousingAuthority project built in stages over ...