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Record #: O2015-5397   
Type: Ordinance Status: Introduced
Intro date: 7/29/2015 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Housing and Real Estate
Final action:
Title: Amendment of Municipal Code by adding new chapter entitled "The City of Chicago Keeping the Promise Ordinance"
Sponsors: Moreno, Proco Joe, Pawar, Ameya, Burnett, Jr., Walter, Smith, Michele, Foulkes, Toni, Waguespack, Scott, Sawyer, Roderick T., Maldonado, Roberto, Arena, John, Munoz, Ricardo, Sadlowski Garza, Susan, Cappleman, James, Santiago, Milagros, Ramirez-Rosa, Carlos, Solis, Daniel, Brookins, Jr., Howard, Tunney, Thomas, Osterman, Harry, Villegas, Gilbert
Attachments: 1. O2015-5397.pdf
City of Chicago Keeping the Promise Ordinance

An ordinance concerning preserving affordable housing supported by City of Chicago funds.

WHEREAS, it is a public purpose of the City of Chicago that all individuals and families in Chicago have access to safe, decent affordable housing for as long as they need it; and

WHEREAS, there is a scarcity of affordable housing in Chicago for low-income individuals and families in need; and

WHEREAS, the City of Chicago has allocated public dollars towards the development and the rehabilitation of federally supported public housing within the City of Chicago; and

WHEREAS, the State Housing Authorities Act (310 ILCS 10/8.10) requires all Illinois public housing authorities to report comprehensive financial, demographic and development information to the local City Council for their jurisdiction; and

WHEREAS, in spite of that commitment of public dollars by the City of Chicago more than 16,000 units of public housing have been lost due to rehabilitation, demolition, disposition, redevelopment, and/or conversion since 1999. This loss of public housing has exacerbated Chicago's affordable housing crisis; and

WHEREAS, the Chicago Housing Authority has been de-regulated under a federal demonstration program removing traditional HUD oversight and performance standards regarding public housing occupancy, voucher circulation, and reserve levels; and

WHEREAS, as a result of this de-regulation, Chicago Housing Authority has left an average of 4,600 public housing units unoccupied between 2009 and 2013; and

WHEREAS, Chicago Housing Authority has not circulated an average of 13,272 funded housing choice vouchers between 2009 and 2013; and

WHEREAS, Chicago Housing Authority has left unspent an average of $106 million in federal revenue annually between 2009 and 2013; and

WHEREAS, discrimination against tenant-based Housing Choice Voucher holders continues to be a serious hindrance to housing choice and racial and economic integration...

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