What procedures and safeguards would you put in place on conversion/demolition of SRO’s and other low income housing to ensure that affordable housing will continue to be available for low income tenants who would otherwise be displaced?

Housing & Affordability

I would support a procedure requiring that any conversion or demolition of an SRO or any
other low income housing facility be replaced by a comparable facility nearby. We cannot
continue to displace those without, and ask them to be patient in finding a new location.

I voted for the Single-Room Occupancy Preservation Ordinance to set in motion a five-year plan to preserve over 40,000 units of affordable housing in the City of Chicago.
I am optimistic the Affordable Requirements Ordinance will be updated to require developers to either include affordable housing in the projects or pay stiff fees earmarked for affordable housing. I am open to the recommendations of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and other organizations to enhance the ARO.
I have voted in the Chicago City Council to ensure that tenants’ rights are represented. I co-sponsored the Keep Chicago Renting Ordinance to protect working class residents by requiring banks foreclosing on a property to provide the tenants a rent-controlled lease until selling the property or pay them a “relocation assistance” fee of $10,600 per unit.
This ordinance and the Bed Bug Ordinance which I co-sponsored, to make landlord more responsible for the conditions in which their renters live, were both driven by neighborhood, grassroots organizations. I believe very strongly in standing up for people who do not have a voice or deep pockets to ensure their interests are
represented.

I would co-sign an ordinance to that effect. I would also support legislation that gives first refusal
rights to the residents of the block in which the foreclosed homes are located. Many people have
told me that they would like to purchase the homes for their children but do not know how to
proceed with the inquiry.

I believe the current CHA voucher program properly addresses these problems. I would
support CHA not stockpiling funds, in favor of decreasing the current waitlist.

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Please see response to question 52.

No Response Provided.

Chevette A. Valentine IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

Maintaining an open relationship with the
Mayor in maintaining a progressive report of accountability of spending for the Chicago
Housing Authority.

I supported the recent SRO ordinance. I would also support other measures to preserve other
low-income housing to ensure that such housing stock remains. I also support reform of CHA
through the “Keeping the Promise”Ordinance introduced in City Council

No Response Above.

See my response to
Question 50 above.

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Joseph J. Moseley II IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

N/A

I would have had to exhaust every
opportunity within my power to tear down another SRO, I would definitely work with the owner to
bring his building up to code, additionally go to housing court to request a receiver for the building
if possible.

I would require that before any demolition of SRO housing is done, that there be assistance with receiving affordable housing for residents of the proposed dwelling

I voted for the SRO protection ordinance that passed the City Council in November, because I
believe we needed to act to preserve this housing. I think that the ordinance provides adequate
protection against conversion/demolition, and that our focus should now be on increasing the
supply of housing for the poor while decreasing the demand for such supply by lifting the poor out
of poverty.

One to one replacement within an agreed upon, reasonable distance from the property being converted/demolished.

Instead of building more new construction that includes affordable housing, we should expend
efforts at rehabbing existing foreclosed housing and at the same time it beautifies the
neighborhood.

Michael E. LaFargue IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

To be determined.

My office will work diligently with offering
other housing opportunities to the any displaced low income tenants. We will work with Hispanic
Housing to relocate if the SROs are demolished. I will advocate on behalf of the tenants that live
in SROs since they have a right to a living space that they can afford. I believe we must be fair
and cannot penalize anyone for being low-income.

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Michael E. LaFargue IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

To be determined

This question will require further research and consideration.

There needs to be enforcement of the one for one replacement of affordable housing unit rule
before anything else gets torn down.

SRO should not be disposed of or left abandoned or otherwise vacated without the city, state or
federal government intervening and keeping the building open and intact to prevent the present
boarders from becoming homeless

Carlos Ramirez-Rosa IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

As 35th Ward Alderman, I will work with community organizations and affordable housing developers to bring
more below market rate housing to the 35th Ward. I applaud the City Council for finally passing an
SRO ordinance, but would like to see more protections for SRO residents that guarantees those
converting/demolishing SRO sites are directly responsible for creating affordable housing for
those they are displacing.

SROs are a lifeline for many Chicagoans. We need to help the least fortunate members of society find appropriate places to live and grouping them together in separate places in the city does not benefit anybody.

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I am in opposition to fast track demolition, and believe that before a unit is demolished, another of
equal quality and utility should be available

No tenant should ever be kicked out of a residence without somewhere else to live.

Susan Sadlowski Garza IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

candidate's responce

SRO’s are often the last resort for people trying to avoid living on the streets. They are a
necessary part of our housing stock. That is why in November I voted to approve the new
SRO ordinance that requires SRO owners looking to sell their buildings to negotiate with
buyers who are committed to preserving affordable housing in the building for at least 15
years. This ordinance needs to be expanded to cover more affordable housing options but
it is a start.

I propose substantially raising the fee that a developer has to pay into the SRO
preservation fund and looking into revisions of the Affordable Requirements
Ordinance.

Before any SRO’s are converted or demolished, there must be funding set aside to ensure that those who are displaced have somewhere to live, that is safe and affordable.

For any new development we need to know that there will be a plan and a percentage of availability for displaced tenants. What we cannot afford is to have individuals end up homeless and without opportunity due to new development of demolition.

Stephen Niketopoulos IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

I see nonprofits taking the lead on this past 2016, but I will fight to keep SRO’s. They need to be protected.

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For too many Chicagoans, renting a unit in a SRO building is the difference between a
safe place to rest and sleeping on the street. I recently co-sponsored legislation that
establishes a legal framework for preserving SRO while generating revenue to support
building owners that seek to continue offering affordable housing. The ordinance also
established a goal to preserve at least 700 SRO units over the next five years, using a
mix of financial incentives for which SRO owners can apply

I support the recently enacted SRO stabilization ordinance

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A percentage of any replacement housing
should be set aside for low income residents in those areas where the housing was taken
from, accompanied by the appropriate services

I would work closely with the Chicago
Coalition for the Homeless and Sweet Home Chicago to develop adequate procedures and
safeguards.