What measures will you support to provide affordable housing for low-income individuals and families who are not served by any existing programs?

Housing & Affordability

I will identify programs which uncovered recipients may qualify for and encourage
community and civic organizations to reach more families through proper funding. Also,
as Alderman, I will make the information and access to the programs more available to the
general public.

As I have indicated above, I am open to working with housing advocates in any way that will help low-income and working families, especially those not served by existing programs.

would continue to support non profit organizations that have housing and homeless agendas.
Their outreach has been superior to the citys’ efforts.

Continue to fight to make sure programs are more competitive and enticing for home
owners to rent to low income voucher holders.

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I supported the development of on-site affordable housing at the Children’s Memorial site. The 54 units to be built on that site represent the first affordable housing built in the 43rd Ward in over 30 years.

Please see response to question 54.

Yes.Do you support any of the following to be built in your ward?

Chevette A. Valentine IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

Working with the Mayor and CHA to
keep an active and updated list for Housing/Waitlist.

I would work to create economic opportunity and housing for low-income individuals and families
who are not served by existing programs. I think balanced development is key to maintaining
affordable market-rate units in my ward, rather than an approach geared toward gentrifying the
ward as quickly as possible. Also, the Keeping the Promise ordinance would reform CHA so that
thousands of additional affordable units would be created, and I support that ordinance.

No Response Above.

In my 23 years as alderman, I
have endeavored to promote a balanced approach to development that provides housing for
people of all incomes, including very low-income people. Nearly 1,000 units of affordable rental
and ownership housing have been created and preserved during my tenure, but much more
needs to be done. Below are some of the efforts I have taken and will continue to take in the next
four years to promote a responsible approach to development that maintains our diversity

 Preserve existing affordable rental housing.
We must step in whenever possible to preserve the affordable rental housing we already
have. That is why I worked with the owners of the North Point Apartments to maintain the
affordability of over 300 units of rental housing for very low income residents. The owners
received my support for funding to rehabilitate the apartments, and in return, they agreed to
extend the affordability of the units for an additional 20 years. I also have worked closely with
the Chicago Metropolitan Housing Development Corporation to preserve dozens of affordable
rental units in buildings once owned by the Chicago Equity Fund and Peoples Housing.
I will continuously explore every avenue possible to preserve our affordable rental housing
stock. For example, I worked with the Community Investment Corporation (CIC) to identify
responsible owners who renovated the Broadmoor Hotel at 7600 N. Bosworth and preserved
its affordability. Similarly, I worked with CIC to renovate and preserve the affordability of the
buildings located just east of the Broadmoor. Over 100 units of affordable housing were at
stake there.
 Implement economic incentives for building owners to maintain rental housing.
We must continually search for innovative programs that will provide an economic incentive
for building owners to maintain their buildings as affordable rental housing. Accordingly, I
have worked to establish a “Neighborhood Improvement Fund” in the Sheridan-Devon TIF to
provide rehabilitation funds for building owners in the TIF who agree to maintain a portion of
their apartment units as affordable rental housing.
Chicago should look at emulating a New York City program that provides a fund for the
identification, acquisition and rehabilitation of rental housing. This fund provides “bridge
financing” that enables affordable housing developers to secure government funds for
affordable housing preservation. Chicago should consider adopting New York’s approach.
 Identify potential affordable housing developers and increase awareness of federal,
state and local affordable housing programs.
I will also continue to actively search for responsible nonprofit and for-profit housing
developers who will commit to develop affordable rental housing in the 49th Ward. Many
housing developers are unaware of the city, state and federal funding sources that are
available for affordable housing development. I’ve hosted with the “Organization of the
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Northeast,” an affordable housing forum for local housing developers, which provided them
with information on the various programs that are available and assistance on accessing
funds from those programs. Similarly, I actively promote local landlord participation in the
Chicago Low Income Housing Trust Fund. The Trust Fund provides assistance to landlords
who rent to low-income tenants.
 Identify innovative and low-cost ways of providing for affordable housing.
Unfortunately, public funding for affordable housing has grown scarcer over the years and
does not begin to approach the need. That is why it is important to identify innovative and
low-cost ways of providing for affordable housing. For example, when a local landlord asked
for my support for a zoning change so he could build additional apartment units in several of
his buildings, I conditioned my support on his agreement to maintain those units as affordable
and accessible rental housing. I will continue to adopt those innovative approaches.

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

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Existing programs have waiting list,
whether it is a Section8 voucher or project based. The key is to ensure that residents have an
opportunity to get on the waiting list. Additionally, waiting list should be updated on a yearly
bases by going through the process to see who on the list that is still in need, Those who are
currently in subsidized housing if they need to downsize or increase in size should be done
expeditiously and getting the units that are off line back on by putting in work orders to get the unit
ready asap. Most of the time that is the problem.

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I look forward to supporting the revisions to the Affordable Requirements Ordinance when they
come before the City Council; these revisions will mandate more affordable units and
higher payments from developers who don’t build them. I think we need to build on efforts
like this one and like the push to protect SROs and think creatively about how to use the
tools at the City’s disposal. Ultimately, we need to take action to ease limits on the supply
side of the housing equation; I would welcome a discussion about restrictive zoning which
prevents density in high-demand locations, but, fundamentally, people need to be able to
earn more so that there is less need.

See #51 Also, I believe we need to overhaul the city’s zoning laws to allow for the building of coach houses again and revise/loosen the zoning codes for conversion of basements into garden apartments – if they are used to rent at affordable prices based on community AMI

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Michael E. LaFargue IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

There are too many homes in the 9th ward that are vacant due to foreclosure. Allocation would
need to be determined, but I do not foresee a problem with the formulas addressed above.

Through the Hispanic Housing Program I
will inform constituents that there is housing available to non Section 8 recipients, and that they
qualify based off of their income level, because I believe everyone has a right to a living space
regardless of their socio-economic background. Also, new housing development will have to
include affordable housing units to low-income individuals.

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Michael E. LaFargue IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

There are too many homes in the 9th ward that are vacant due to foreclosure. Allocation would
need to be determined, but I do not foresee a problem with the formulas addressed above

This question will require further research and consideration

We need to understand the problem and create appropriate policies to deal with this. It is clear
that the affordable housing units in our communities are becoming rarer a rarer. There will be no
quick fixes to a problem 30 years in the making. One quick solution could be to use empty,
unsold condo units to house needy families until they can be rented.

I would petition the federal government to purchase and manage abandoned housing. I would
also encourage families to apply for section 8 housing

Carlos Ramirez-Rosa IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

I believe a key component of providing affordable housing is ensuring that low-income seniors and homeowners are not priced out of their homes by rising property taxes. In addition to opposing future property tax increases, I
am proposing legislation that will exempt seniors from property taxes, contingent upon an agreement that the property will become scattered site public housing upon the homeowners passing. This will not only help keep seniors in their homes, but will create more scattered site public housing in Chicago’s neighborhoods.

I would like to support and encourage the construction and integration of low income housing across the city, with every ward in the city accepting a fair share of such housing. It is important for our residential communities to remain diverse economically, and for workers and lower income families in our community to be integrated into it. Differentiating between students, young single workers and low income families is important; all need lower than market rents, but if students take all the lower income spaces, the families get displaced. I see affordable housing as an economic issue though, not a zoning issue, and do not believe that affordable housing should be used as a rationale to exceed zoning limits.

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I would engage in the same process that I plan to use for all such issues; Dissect options with my
network of experts, Simplify their suggestions, present simplified description of the issue and the proposed solutions to our community and poll for the most wanted route

Anything I need to do.

Susan Sadlowski Garza IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

candidate's responce

First and foremost, more must be done to ensure that those families who are eligible for
existing programs are made aware of their existence. Beyond that, the city should partner
with outside groups who are committed to developing or maintaining affordable housing.

Aldermen can pressure the CHA into
releasing some of the 13,000 funded vouchers that it has not distributed and 1,900
habitable CHA units that currently are vacant to residents of Chicago.

An increase in the Rental Housing Support Program currently funding by fees created when a real estate transaction is completed.

I believe that our existing programs need to be adjusted to accommodate for as many families as possible. I will also continue to work with organizations such as the Spanish Coalition for Housing to ensure that those who are not enrolled in a program are able to get assistance and counseling that may be needed to learn about options for housing.

Stephen Niketopoulos IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

I have already worked closely to help encourage nonprofits to influence policy for the benefit of those not currently being served. The city council needs the influence of neighborhood advocacy groups.

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We have stabilized many housing corridors in the 20th ward, turning abandon buildings
or vacant lots into sustainable housing options for all residents. We continue to
encourage income diversity but ensure that all new and rehab housing developments
have an affordable component to its strategy. Using tax credits, federal funding and
forcing CHA to utilize the vouchers and resources that agency holds would be an
immediate boost.

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An ordinance I sponsored requires
exposing these families to appropriate supportive programs and directing them to safe
housing, which I already do in my ward

I suggest we push our congressional
legislators to sponsor a bill that would give tax credits to landlords who rent to low-income
individuals.