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Poor families use 'supervouchers' to rent in city's priciest buildings

Interesting move by the CHA. Not sure I agree with paying up to $3k to rent an apartment. They should consider lowering that amount.

Google the above title and you can read the complete article for free.

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140726/ISSUE01/307269984/poor-families-use-supervouchers-to-rent-in-citys-priciest-buildings
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The high-rise at 500 N. Lake Shore Drive is the second-most expensive in the city, with rents for a one-bedroom apartment approaching $3,000 a month, well beyond the reach of most Chicago residents.

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Interesting move by the CHA. Not sure I agree with paying up to $3k to rent an apartment. They should consider lowering that amount.

Google the above title and you can read the complete article for free.

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140726/ISSUE01/307269984/poor-families-use-supervouchers-to-rent-in-citys-priciest-buildings
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The high-rise at 500 N. Lake Shore Drive is the second-most expensive in the city, with rents for a one-bedroom apartment approaching $3,000 a month, well beyond the reach of most Chicago residents.

But that's not too much for the Chicago Housing Authority, which has used federal tax dollars to pick up most of the tab for four lucky residents in the year-old building, with its sweeping views of Lake Michigan, a concierge and a dog-grooming center.

The tenants moved in over the past two years as part of a push by the CHA to expand its housing voucher program so that more low-income residents can leave the city's roughest neighborhoods and start a new life in places with low poverty and crime and close to good schools and jobs.

Yet some landlords say it's a mistake to use scarce tax dollars to pay ultra-high rents for a fortunate few when more than 15,000 people sit on the CHA's voucher waiting list.

“This is nuts,” says landlord Tony Rossi, president of Chicago-based RMK Management Corp., who describes himself as a liberal Democrat. “In a situation where you're dealing with a low-income person, do they really need a 25th-floor apartment with a lake view? It just doesn't make sense to me.”
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  • lisadee, thankfully the story also ran on abc7 last night (july 28th) at 10pm. now, we need to make some noise about this. it must stop!
    either that or i need to find out how to get myself one of those "supervouchers" as i would love to live super-life in that building though it is out of my price range even with the same full-time job i have held for 30 years. so glad i can help someone else who's not necessarily working enjoy it, though. not!

  • lisadee Ten Plus Year Hyde Park Resident

    Thanks for the information Beebee! Ria Rai, I know that Soulquarian was good enough to provide us with a link and that you are currently following up to get a live person. Thanks for offering to pass along the information if you should discover it. I agree with Beebee, it's time to start making some noise.

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Is white-collar crime a primary source of black street crime?

We focused on shootings and the retail side of the drug trade that takes place in our neighborhoods. The question should be asked "How many African American businesses were crushed or stillborn from the activities of men like this one, Bernard Madoff?"
On March 12, 2009, Madoff pleaded guilty to 11 federal felonies and admitted to turning his wealth management business into a massive Ponzi scheme that defrauded thousands of investors of billions of dollars. Madoff said he began the...

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We focused on shootings and the retail side of the drug trade that takes place in our neighborhoods. The question should be asked "How many African American businesses were crushed or stillborn from the activities of men like this one, Bernard Madoff?"
On March 12, 2009, Madoff pleaded guilty to 11 federal felonies and admitted to turning his wealth management business into a massive Ponzi scheme that defrauded thousands of investors of billions of dollars. Madoff said he began the Ponzi scheme in the early 1990s. However, federal investigators believe the fraud began as early as the mid-1980s[17] and may have begun as far back as the 1970s,[18] and those charged with recovering the missing money believe the investment operation may never have been legitimate.[19] The amount missing from client accounts, including fabricated gains, was almost $65 billion.[20] The court-appointed trustee estimated actual losses to investors of $18 billion.[19] On June 29, 2009, Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison, the maximum allowed.[21][22]

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Jul 18

Updated 43 hours ago

Check Out the Nat "King" Cole Mural at 43rd and King Drive

Chris Devins and the Bronzeville Alliance present: " 'King' Nat at Home, 2014" 43rd and King Drive Photo Mural 12 ft x 23 ft.

  • As always Harold, thanks for the historical perspective! I can't wait to ride over and check it out. :)

  • Thanks Guys,

    Let's keep it moving.

Mar 17

Updated 2 days ago

Good management company

My HOA is looking for a good management company for approximately 16 townhomes, does anyone have a suggestion?

  • Our building is managed by Wesley as well and Nick is our manager. Nick is a great manager and he has saved our building tremendous amount of money through building a maintenance calendar and proactive maintenance. I definitely would recommend him or his company.

  • Hope, Lakeview I live in a condo in the north Lakeview area

    Which building do you live in? It kind of sounds like you might be from Wesley just trying to save face I have valid complaints that I can back-up with emails that prove that Nic tried to bully me into not getting a second opinion from the vendor of my...

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    Which building do you live in? It kind of sounds like you might be from Wesley just trying to save face I have valid complaints that I can back-up with emails that prove that Nic tried to bully me into not getting a second opinion from the vendor of my choice. Beyond not doing his due diligence in making sure the work under my unit actually was necessary, I have yet to receive an apology from Nic nor has he thanked me for basically doing his job.

    To make matters worse, I've also come to find out that VanDerBosch recommended unnecessary work to another building Wesley manages. The work was stopped at the last minute (not sure about the details.) This should have been a HUGE red flag to Nic to take extra care to make sure our building needed the work, wouldn't you agree?

    Nic's has since been at the hub of a few other mess-ups. I'm not one to keep quiet when I've been wronged and find it my duty to spread the word as much as possible so that other's don't get taken advantage of.

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Bronzeville Collective

Hosted by: Bronzeville Retail Initiative (BRI), 51st
Street Business Association, the Urban Activators (IIT),
& the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC)
Address: 124 ½ E. 51st Street
Chicago, IL 60615

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Fuller School of Excellence

Open Registration 10:00am-2:00pm - Pre-K-8th Grade
4214 South St. Lawrence Avenue
Chi cago, IL. 60653
773-535-1687
website: fullerschoolofexcellence.org

Jul 21

Updated 5 days ago

UChicago Charter Woodson Campus 6th and 7th Grade Spaces Available

Looking for a high quality education for your child entering the 6th or 7th grade? UChicago Charter School-Woodson Campus (6th to 8th) located 4444 S. Evans has opening in the 6th and 7th grade. We have a limited number of spaces available. Please contact the Admissions Office (773) 834-2865. Must be a Chicago resident. No testing for entrance. Don't miss this opportunity to get your child on the UChicago Charter Superhighway!!!!

In 2012, 20% of students were accepted to selective enrollment high schools-the highest rate of any non-selective school on the South Side.

  • Carla Scott UCHICAGOCharterSchool
  • All of the University of Chicago schools (Woodson, Woodlawn, NKO and Donohue) are exceptional! Your child will receive the best education on the south side. Please check it out. My kids have been in this charter system for 6 years so far.

  • Teresa Jemine Fuller School of Excellence

    Fuller School of Excellence is a great school in Bronzeville! Located at 4214 So. St. Lawrence grades Pre-K-8th. Please contact the Registration Office (773)535-1687

    Fuller Recruit Day! Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Stop by and visit us!

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Jul 01

Updated Jul 19

Maracas is open

A new Latin restaurant, Maracas, recently opened in Bronzeville. People should give it a try. I hope to stop by next week.

http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/28320016-423/the-312-founder-of-boriqua-chicks-open-latin-restaurant-maracas-in-bronzeville.html

  • Tried Maracas last week. We had the empanadas (? Spelling) dinner. The flavor was good but they may have been over cooked because the crust was dark and a little dry. The price $8 included two empanadas over a bed of rice & beans with a side of plantines and mango sauce. I look forward to trying other items on the menu. Time correction, they close at 8pm on Saturdays.

  • Juan from South Loop 13 year South Loop resident

    I tried Maracas today. I had the Beef Steak with Yellow Rice. The flavor was nice and the portions was good. The steak could have been a little more tender but was still very good. Look forward to trying the Beef stew on my next visit.

Jul 14

Updated Jul 19

35th st. Pedestrian Bridge set to begin construction next week

With improvements at Lake Meadows, repaving of King dr., scheduled repaving of 35th you could say we are on the fast track of infrastructure improvement.

  • I think the word that needs to be defined is HIJACK - take over (something) and use it for a different purpose.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    thatblow1, minor correction on your 4 points perspective- The name is Bronzeville Curmudgeon. Not to be confused with Brownsville, which I think is a suburb of New York city.

    Virtually,

    Harold L. Lucas

    1-773-819-2054

    www.bviconline.info

    www.ObamaCampus.com

Jul 17

Updated Jul 19

Jazz at the DuSable

Yesterday they had a tribute to the late, great John Coltrane at the DuSable Museum located in Washington Park. Playing the Coltrane standards were Ari Brown, Duke Payne, Rajiv Halim, and a sixteen year old up and coming Iasaiah Collier. This was a beautiful concert set in the confines of this historic venue and the Musicians did not disappoint. The thought that came to me is that since we have bought a portion of Gospelfest to the Southside of town, why not Jazzfest? The bones of this great Genre lie right here and to bring to life all the venues where this great art form took hold, now this could be something. What do you think?

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    Ray, we think that it is a great idea to host a International Jazz festival in Bronzeville!

    Bronzeville Visitor Information Center would be more than happy to help organize such an event.

    Do you remember the Jazz in the Alley events?

    Virtually,

    Harold L. Lucas

    1-773-819-2054

    www.bviconline.info

  • Ray

    Yes I do, the one I attended was 71st and Cregier.

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Volunteer for the Summer 2014 Downtown Bike Count – July 22nd and 26th

The Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Complete Streets Program needs volunteers for the Summer 2014 Downtown Bike Count. The Summer 2014 count is scheduled for the following dates and times:

Tuesday, July 22nd from 7 AM - 9 AM

Tuesday, July 22nd from 4 PM - 6 PM

Saturday, July 26th from 12 PM - 2 PM

According to recent data, Chicago has the second highest number of bike commuters in the country and bicycling is growing faster than any...

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The Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Complete Streets Program needs volunteers for the Summer 2014 Downtown Bike Count. The Summer 2014 count is scheduled for the following dates and times:

Tuesday, July 22nd from 7 AM - 9 AM

Tuesday, July 22nd from 4 PM - 6 PM

Saturday, July 26th from 12 PM - 2 PM

According to recent data, Chicago has the second highest number of bike commuters in the country and bicycling is growing faster than any other mode of transportation in the City! During last year’s Summer Bike Count volunteers recorded over 14,500 bicycle trips and helped document the need for more innovative bicycle infrastructure. To volunteer contact David Smith, CDOT bikeways planner, at david.smith@tylin.com or Katie Gallagher, CDOT bikeways planning intern, at kgallagher@apexconsults.com.

Thanks!

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Bronzeville Nights

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