DNAInfo.com: “Getting An Affordable Rent Apartment Under City Program Isn't Easy”

This article focuses on the growing problem of real estate developers taking “buyout penalties” instead of agreeing to the City of Chicago’s Affordable Requirements Ordinance, which stipulates that 10 percent of new residential development units must be affordable. Our Executive Director, James Rudyk, was quoted: “for-profit developments participating in the affordable housing program don’t always cater to the most vulnerable, including people facing homelessness. Low-income is a broad term. Someone who is on disability or may have been homeless, those units aren't for them, but someone who works at Starbucks that's making $14 an hour, they could qualify. That's the challenge.”

Kelsey Kreiling