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New housing department: solution to crisis or election ploy?

Affordable housing has been a need of Chicago residents throughout the City’s history, but that need has reached crisis proportions since the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) demolished many public housing developments between 1996 and 2010 as part of its Plan for Transformation. Subsequent City promises of replacement housing mostly have gone unrealized.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on June 26 proposed the creation of a new Chicago Department of Housing to implement the strategies outlined in the City’s next Five-Year Housing Plan (2019-2023). The mayor is calling on the plan’s steering and advisory committee to create a new and transformative vision for housing as a core component of all neighborhoods.

According to the mayor, the new department will reflect those targeted goals as it addresses Chicago residents’ housing needs. Some wonder, however, if creating the department is a pre-election ploy made necessary by the city’s diminishing stock of affordable housing.

During Mayor Richard M. Daley’s final term in office, 2007 through 2011, the CHA averaged a little more than 840 units of housing built annually. In Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first year of office, that number continued to fall—to 424—to about half of those built the previous year. In the following years, that number dropped to 112, then 88, and then 40 in 2014.

Daley also eliminated the City’s previous Department of Housing, placing its functions under the Department of Planning and Development.

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Public-private partnership to fund major renovations to Waukegan public housing

The Barwell Manor Homes public housing complexes could see a major facelift as early as next year, the Waukegan Housing Authority executive director said.

The renovations — a down-to-the-studs job designed to make the buildings look like new — will be funded through a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program aimed at leveraging private dollars to improve public housing, Executive Director Charles Chambers said.

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IAHA Partners with Nan McKay for Procurement and Section 3 Training

IAHA and Nan McKay are partnering to provide IAHA members Procurement and Section 3 training. The training will be held on October 23 to 25 in Springfield, IL. You can register on the Nan McKay website, at this link.

The purpose of the training is:

This seminar focuses on HUD’s handbook 7460.8 REV 2, which includes essential information for PHAs to comply with HUD regulations. This training will help your PHA establish an up-to-date and comprehensive procurement policy. Understanding the handbook and how it relates to project-based accounting, budgeting, and management will help you delegate more procurement and contract management responsibilities and accountability to your sites. By the end of this training, you should understand how to obtain the highest quality goods and services for the right cost, delivered on time, and in compliance with applicable laws and policies. In addition, you can learn to estimate costs of goods and services, develop criteria for the analysis of proposals, and realize cost savings in your procurement operation. The training will also cover temporary regulatory changes resulting from ARRA, stimulus dollars, and the “Buy American” provision. 

Understanding the handbook and implementing changes in PHA procurement policy is essential because the handbook:

  • Provides very clear direction on what is mandatory and what is not
  • Provides important definitions, including micro purchase, intended to “drill down” procurement to the site
  • Simplifies and streamlines requirements to encourage more decentralization of procurement
  • Contains strong guidance on ethics in procurement and contract management


PHAs need up-to-date information in order to comply with HUD's Section 3 requirements. NMA's one-day workshop will bring your agency up to speed on the most recent HUD Webcasts and guidance.

 

Learning objectives are:

Upon completion of the Procurement and Section 3 Course, using HUD regulations and guidance, you should be able to: 

  • Identify the procurement requirements the PHA must follow
  • Recognize the various methods of procurement and contracting available to the PHA
  • Understand how procurement can become more decentralized
  • Apply good contract management principles
  • Identify the programs that Section 3 applies to
  • Understand the compliance requirements of Section 3
  • Insure contractor's compliance
  • Identify the strategies for the implementation of a section 3 program
  • Recognize all the components of a Section 3 plan

 

 

 

Illinois Poverty Report: Local and County Data on Poverty and Well-Being

How Does Your County Fare?

As we strive to make Illinois a place characterized by social justice and equity, it’s important to look at the dynamics of poverty and well-being not only at the state and national levels, but also locally. The County Well-Being Index highlights counties that are experiencing particularly negative conditions and trends on four key indicators: poverty, unemployment, teen births, and high school graduation.

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Aurora Housing Authority names new executive director

The Aurora Housing Authority has selected a new executive director, after nearly a year under interim leadership.

Ralph Jordan is set to come to the Aurora Housing Authority from the Indianapolis Housing Agency, where he is chief operating officer, housing authority officials said in a statement. He will take over leadership of the agency as it seeks to remove the “troubled” label it has received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Alton Housing Authority pursing federal program for renovation tax credits

ALTON – The Alton Housing Authority Board of Commissioners is preparing to apply for a federal program that could lead to obtaining tax credits for modernizing its housing units.

The board’s three votes at Tuesday’s monthly meeting gave the go-ahead for the AHA to apply for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. Once HUD approves an application, public housing agencies and owners of HUD-assisted properties can convert units to project-based, Section 8 programs.

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Fairview Homes demolition approved, starts in November

Demolition of the Fairview Homes will begin in November, the Housing Authority of Joliet announced Tuesday.

Fairview Homes is the last of HAJ’s family public housing projects after two others were demolished in recent years and replaced with mixed-income developments and more modern housing.

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Urbana council gives initial OK to plan to create housing for disabled

URBANA — The city council gave initial approval Monday to an effort that could create new housing for disabled people.

The Housing Authority of Champaign County wants to apply for a grant from the Illinois Housing Development Authority to establish 24 units of permanent supportive housing for people with mental and physical disabilities.

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Macoupin Housing Services cuts ribbons

Representatives from Macoupin Housing Services (MHS) and the Macoupin County Housing Authority (MCHA) cut the ribbons on three tax credit housing developments in the county at ceremonies held Sept. 23.

Home tours were available to area residents and local dignitaries at the 14 homes built in Staunton, nine in Bunker Hill and 15 in Gillespie. The homes were built through a low-income housing tax credit created under the 1986 Tax Reform Act. It gives incentives for the use of private equity in the development of affordable housing aimed at low-income Americans. The program is administered at the state level through the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), which receives a fixed allocation of credits based on population.

The homes have to meet strict requirements with regard to construction standards and energy efficiency.

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