HUD Audit Finds CHA Non-compliant with Federal Regulations

Now CHA wants to put a Target on CHA property ON the community room and parking lot at Caroline Hedger Senior Building in Rogers Park at Sheridan and Devon. The local businesses are furious and the residents, too! Although the red-tape business is not finalized, construction equipment already on the property to dig int! Do we pay our taxes to lease land to profit-making organizations or to assist our seniors?

West Side Section 3 and Resident Owned Businesses

Chicago Housing Authority residents and activists alike have long criticized the CHA for failing to support resident-owned businesses (ROBs) and to increase resident employment.

The agency was once a leader in both areas. That declined with the so-called HUD takeover in the 1990s. By 2010, the agency had no record of its once large contingent of ROBs; there were no resident-management corporations at all.

Both public housing residents and community activists have long complained about these failures (for example, see our blog entry of  April 28, 2012 for a link to a video of the March, 2011 CHA board meeting). Congressman Danny Davis listened to residents’ complaints and pursued the agency about its efforts. In fact, the 7th Congressional District Business Group was established in part to respond to the failure of local government to include residents of poor, black communities in local public works, contracting and employment.

Earlier this year…

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