Photo by Sophia Nahli Allison.

The Chicago Housing Authority is supposed to cut off landlords if their buildings fail too many inspections. But a Chicago Reporter investigation found that 6751 S. Jeffery Blvd.—like thousands of other subsidized private rentals—has struggled to pass for years. Tenants have had little recourse because, until they get their security deposit returned, they don’t have the money to move. Meanwhile, the building’s owners collected more than $178,000 in federal rent subsidies in just four years.