Declare a moratorium on new project & tenant based (HCV) units in Woodlawn
  • Petitioned US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

This petition was delivered to:

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
the City of Chicago & Mayor Emanuel
POAH

Declare a moratorium on new project & tenant based (HCV) units in Woodlawn

    1. Cheryl Williams
    2. Petition by

      Cheryl Williams

      Chicago, IL

In Chicago’s Woodlawn community there is currently a high concentration of HUD project-based Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) units as well as tenant-based HCV families families residing in investor properties. Combined with this is the high number of foreclosures that we are experiencing. These factors as well as the lower median income for families living in Woodlawn cause our blocks to be more vulnerable to the spike in violent crimes and gang activity that we are faced with on a daily basis.
We are strongly opposed to the off-site housing development component of the Grove Parc redevelopment plan. We firmly believe that the current plans by the Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) to concentrate 51 HUD project-based HCV units in blighted sections of our neighborhood will undoubtedly lead to further decline in these census tracts. As a case in point, POAH (the developer for the Grove Parc redevelopment) desires to assign project-based subsidy to 50% of large (2 bedroom & 3 bedroom) units in multi-family courtway apartment buildings that are clustered on 3 corners along 62nd Street. They refer to this series of properties on 62nd Street as the “Westwood development”. This strategy does not serve as a catalyst for mixed income housing on blocks in West Woodlawn. The Westwood buildings are the largest residential properties on 3 specific streets – 61st/62nd & Rhodes, 61st/62nd & Vernon and 61st/62nd & Eberhart. POAH proposes to over-saturate the corner buildings that anchor the block with very low-income families. And it does not consider the high number of investor properties with tenant-based HCV subsidies currently living on these blocks.
Our Neighbors and I propose that HUD institute the requested moratorium on new project-based HCV units and tenant based HCV moves in Woodlawn throughout the implementation of the Grove Parc redevelopment plan. We recommend that HUD restrict the project-based HCV subsidy for the POAH “Westwood development” to no more than 20% of the units in each of the courtway building properties on the corners along 62nd Street.
Please help us change the current course that HUD, the City of Chicago and POAH is taking in implementing its Grove Parc redevelopment plans. It seems that they are currently making strides to create a new brand of the "highrise/midrise" projects that the Chicago Housing Authority recently finished dismantling.

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    1. Woodlawn Housing Update

      Cheryl Williams
      Petition Organizer

      Woodlawn Park will be an environmentally sustainable, transit-oriented development. About 40% of the existing project-based Section 8 subsidized units will be preserved onsite within a mixed-income, mixed-use community providing approximately 65,000 ft. of commercial and retail space in later phases.

    2. 863 votes needed

      Cheryl Williams
      Petition Organizer

      Show your support! Encourage Chicago residents that this is not a "Woodlawn issue" but only propagating low-income housing in one area of the city is a citywide issue

    3. Target 5 Report

      Cheryl Williams
      Petition Organizer

      Target 5 report last evening talking about how CHA has supposedly 1000's of empty unused units and 40,000 families looking for a place to live. Nearly all of the unused units are on the n. side - Lathrop and the newer Cabrini row houses included- yet we're building more in Woodlawn.

    4. 125 Signatures Reached

      Cheryl Williams
      Petition Organizer

      Encourage Woodlawn residents that this is not a "Woodlawn issue" but only propagating low-income housing in one area of the city is a citywide issue

    5. We NEED Your Signature. We're trying to reach 1000. Please sign today!

      Cheryl Williams
      Petition Organizer

      To keep down violence and ensure that Woodlawn's redevelopment is a mix of moderate and low-income housing.

    6. Reached 100 signatures
    7. We now have 18 supporters and need your signature! Please sign today!

      Cheryl Williams
      Petition Organizer

      To keep up with Woodlawn redevelopment information, google "Woodlawn redevelopment"

    8. Reached 10 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Donna Navickas CHCIACGO, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      This is such a beautiful and potentially vibrant area. Unfortunately can't sustain good neighbors as they feel unsafe.

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    • Candace Hunter CHGO, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      This area was my childhood. A brilliant childhood! There was low-income housing, but there was also mid to upper single family homes and a thriving business district and two religious based schools that kept the majority of the youth in the neighborhood in check. There were safe places for the children and concerned adults. I fear that there will never be a turnaround if this plan is set in motion.

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    • Sharon Floyd CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      Because it's the sensible thing to do. The reasons given in the petition are very, very valid, and to allow POAH to continue with its current plan would surely be disasterous to all.

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    • Gwendolyn Kinard CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      I watched what happened when the projects were torn down in the late 1990's and early 2000's. I attended community meetings that were very disheartening. Now is an excellent time for displaced low-income residents to receive more education and preparation to improve their situations before they move into specified housing. They are our brothers and sisters and children and they need the thoughtful and caring support of the larger community. Homeowners should not have to suffer unnecessary violence and damage to their homes and communities either. However, as long as governmental agencies and representatives do not work alongside neighborhoods and their residents to identify and implement real and viable solutions for integrating at-risk populations, problems will continue to exist and investments will go for nought.

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    • Judith Hill CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      Hard working and civic minded residents on the Southside of Chicago deserve to live in equally mixed income communities, (affordable housing, public housing, home ownership and rental market rate housing), safe neighborhoods with equity of resources and quality of life for livable thriving, and affordable neighborhoods and spaces. It's not about reinventing the wheel...

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