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Petitioning Chicago City Clerk Miguel Del Valle and 1 other

Support the Sweet Home Chicago Bill for Affordable Housing

The ability to pay rent and stay housed comes before any other need of a community. If TIF (tax increment financing) dollars are meant to build and support blighted communities, there is surely no greater way for Chicago to use them than on affordable housing.

Affordable housing needs to be a priority. It is the long-term sort of investment that is too often overlooked for short-sighted, quick infusions of cash that don't sustain communities. We agree with other housing advocates and organizations that the language of the Sweet Home Chicago bill can ensure planning flexibility while still prioritizing affordable housing. 

Please don't let this opportunity to ensure a place to live for Chicago's neediest citizens pass by.

This petition is to let the Mayor and Councilmen of Chicago know that, as negotiations on the bill move forward, the provision of affordable housing must remain a priority.

Photo credit: urbanfeel

Letter to
Chicago City Clerk Miguel Del Valle
Mayor, City of Chicago Richard Daley
The ability to pay rent and stay housed comes before any other need of a community. If TIF dollars are meant to build and support blighted communities, there is surely no greater use for them than affordable housing.

We understand, as opponents of the Sweet Home Chicago bill have pointed out, that affordable housing must compete with a variety of needs in each individual community, and that city planners need some flexibility in designing targeted, effective policies in diverse areas.

Still, we feel that affordable housing needs to be a priority. It is the long-term sort of investment that is too often overlooked for short-sighted, quick infusions of cash that don't sustain communities. We agree with other housing advocates and organizations that the language of the bill can ensure planning flexibility while still prioritizing affordable housing.

Please don't let this opportunity to ensure a place to live for Chicago's neediest citizens pass you by. Keep affordable housing a priority in passing the Sweet Home Chicago bill.