May 31

Updated Jun 05

Proposed Program to Preserve Affordability for Homeowners Along the 606 Trail

From Chicago Dept of Planning & Development:
A $1 million housing program that preserves affordability along “The 606” Bloomingdale Trail on Chicago’s Northwest Side was introduced to City Council today by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The 606 Bloomingdale Trail Home Improvement Program would provide forgivable home improvement grants to owner-occupants of one- to four-unit properties along 1.5 miles of the trail, which runs along Bloomindale Avenue through Logan Square, Humboldt Park and West Town. Portions of each community have experienced gentrification...

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From Chicago Dept of Planning & Development:
A $1 million housing program that preserves affordability along “The 606” Bloomingdale Trail on Chicago’s Northwest Side was introduced to City Council today by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The 606 Bloomingdale Trail Home Improvement Program would provide forgivable home improvement grants to owner-occupants of one- to four-unit properties along 1.5 miles of the trail, which runs along Bloomindale Avenue through Logan Square, Humboldt Park and West Town. Portions of each community have experienced gentrification pressures since the trail opened on a former railroad viaduct in 2015.

The grants would cover up to $25,000 for masonry repairs, porch and roof improvements, tuckpointing, door and window repairs, and other exterior upgrades. Up to 30 percent of each grant could also be used to repair select interior health and safety hazards involving plumbing, heating and electrical systems.

Eligible properties must be located within an area generally bounded by Pulaski Road, California Avenue, LeMoyne Street and Dickens Avenue.

The grants are intended to preserve affordability for property owners that have lived in their homes for at least three years and earn up to 120 percent of area median income, or approximately $94,800 for a family of four. Twenty percent of the grant amount would be forgiven for each year of the five-year term. If the owner moves, sells or leases the home before the term expires, the pro-rated balance must be repaid. Other program rules apply.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago would administer the program with funding from the City’s Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund. The City would begin accepting applications for the program later this year.

  • Clarence Fraher 3 kids, 2 cats, 2 bunnies, and Clovis the Dog

    Hannah- our data did include properties authorized to accept vouchers.

  • Mark Heller Logan Square & Chicago activist

    It's better idea than arbitrary $500,000 teardown fee -> slush fund LSNA & corrupt Maldonado and Moreno tried to shovel onto us. However, instead of actual LONG TIME low income property owners (10 yrs or more), flawed proposal allows owners for only 3 yrs to be eligible. During discussion TIF...

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    It's better idea than arbitrary $500,000 teardown fee -> slush fund LSNA & corrupt Maldonado and Moreno tried to shovel onto us. However, instead of actual LONG TIME low income property owners (10 yrs or more), flawed proposal allows owners for only 3 yrs to be eligible. During discussion TIF subsidized bloated cost ZAPATA / Bickerdike project in 2009 (which cost taxpayers $400K per 2BR unit!), I proposed same idea of Affordable Housing Repair Fund & Grants to owner occupied SFH and small multi-units. https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/LoganSquare/conversations/topics/21703
    "Bickerdike discussion -> different housing aid approach
    A different way to use $5 million in housing public funds in Logan Square & HP (HUD grant & Low Income Housing Fund)
    Provide $5,000 to $10,000 grants to low income home owners in Logan Square, and owners of 2 flat to 6 flat small buildings here (owner occupied only)

    Grants would help these owners:
    replace inefficient old furnaces
    provide matching funds for retrofits like green roof
    solar & or rooftop Aerotecture wind installation
    replace old windows (energy efficiency)

    this will help struggling low income homeowners and owner occupants of small building apartments maintain and update the solid old housing in LSq

    Eligible property owners limited to annual income < $50,000; owner occupied homes or small multiunits only; owned for 10 yrs or more (let's help our struggling long time residents)

    FIVE HUNDRED LOW INCOME OWNERS and their LSq housing would benefit if each received $10,000 home improvement grant from $5 million fund pool. Perhaps "energy tax credits" that can further leverage.

    Many more families would benefit- tenants in small owner occupied multiunits won't be displaced if struggling landlords get help for a change instead of whacked with more tax increases. Energy efficient updated systems, windows, roof....benefit tenants and the owner (lower costs). 500 home repair / energy efficieny projects thruout LSq means local jobs."

May 15

Updated May 21

Recs for Repair to Old (ca. 1890s) Metal-Clad Turret Window?

Hi all:

Our house has an old turret-like corner bay window, dating, as best as we can tell, from approximately the 1890s. It is clad in a kind of metal sheeting, which has been successively painted over the years. A part of the structure was damaged over the winter by ice, and I'm looking for someone who has some experience with vintage ornamental structures like this to come out and assess what we need to do to fix it.

If anyone has any recommendations, please share! Much appreciated.

Thanks.

Apr 20

Updated Apr 23

Prices Fall, Time To Buy In Humboldt Park

Check this out!!!! Price drop of 161 THOUSAND DOLLARS!!!! Now everyone can afford to live in a building over looking the park! Looks like Humboldt Park is well on it's way of being reborn and welcome to families again.

https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/2091615552_zpid/mostrecentchange_sort/41.916154,-87.685984,41.894243,-87.723835_rect/14_zm/X1.dash.SS.dash.jh68tz50vdv9_9ej1g_sse/

  • LOL ;) A developer will but both lots, pay off the alderman for a zoning variance and build a huge condo building there!

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    I hope so.

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