AUDIO: VOLUNTEERS COUNT CHICAGO’S HOMELESS

By Harry Huggins February 10, 2016 for Medill News Service Hundreds of volunteers canvased Chicago late Jan. 26 to count every person sleeping in the city’s parks and underpasses. I drove around Chicago’s Near West Side with Dorothy Yancy, Phoebe DePree and Carolyn Hankins-Page for five hours that night as part of the annual point… Continue reading AUDIO: VOLUNTEERS COUNT CHICAGO’S HOMELESS

Little Village Residents Welcome Diversity, Fear Rising Rents

By Harry Huggins January 27, 2016 for Medill News Service Residents of Chicago’s largely Hispanic Little Village neighborhood are excited to greet their increasingly diverse neighbors, but the area’s popularity comes at the expense of long-time tenants who grew up in a community with more affordable housing. Jesus Zamudio was born and raised in Little… Continue reading Little Village Residents Welcome Diversity, Fear Rising Rents

CHA Approves Homeless Families Program, Bonus for New CEO

By Harry Huggins January 20, 2016 for Medill News Service The leadership of the Chicago Housing Authority approved a new voucher program for homeless families, as well as actions to expand the agency’s public housing stock during its first board meeting Tuesday. After the board announced a $10,000 bonus for new acting Chief Executive Officer,… Continue reading CHA Approves Homeless Families Program, Bonus for New CEO

PETA Distributes Fur Coats to Bronzeville Homeless

By Harry Huggins January 14, 2015 for Medill News Service The animal rights group, PETA, helped distribute fur coats to homeless women at a Chicago nonprofit women Thursday morning. The coats came from a series of fur donation drives across America and were distributed to the clients of Matthew House in Bronzeville. “The cold hurts… Continue reading PETA Distributes Fur Coats to Bronzeville Homeless

Using or Losing Housing Vouchers in Chicago: A City without a Plan

By Harry Huggins December 14, 2015 for Medill Social Justice News Nexus Karen Boyd lives in a two-bedroom apartment in Hyde Park with her daughter and her brother. Five years ago, Boyd applied for a government-subsidized Housing Choice Voucher (formerly known as Section 8) that would pay two-thirds of her rent. She wanted a place… Continue reading Using or Losing Housing Vouchers in Chicago: A City without a Plan

How Mobility Workshops Try to Deconcentrate Poverty in Chicago

By Harry Huggins December 10, 2015 for Medill Social Justice News Nexus In a small conference room in a Loop office building every Tuesday and Thursday, an ebullient social worker spends one hour convincing five to 20 people that they can move their families to Chicago’s priciest neighborhoods. She spends the next two hours explaining… Continue reading How Mobility Workshops Try to Deconcentrate Poverty in Chicago

Scholars Assess Mixed-Income Housing and Income Segregation in Chicago

By Harry Huggins December 8, 2015 for Medill Social Justice News Nexus As former residents of Chicago’s public housing high-rise buildings sat in the front row inside the Newberry Library Thursday night, two community organizing scholars presented stories and research to show how the city’s decade-long push to fight concentrated poverty with mixed-income housing failed.… Continue reading Scholars Assess Mixed-Income Housing and Income Segregation in Chicago