Unit 5 Investigative Team looks into vacant public housing units examined by The Chicago Reporter

Missed Unit 5 Investigative Team’s follow up on The Chicago Reporter’s latest investigation into vacant public housing units? Watch the spot here. View more videos at: http://nbcchicago.com. The Reporter’s July/August issue exposed how the Chicago Housing Authority has kept thousands of units unoccupied because of “court litigation,” though most have never been named in a court case. Read the full investigation, along with a special report on how residents are organizing to preserve the Julia C. Lathrop Homes.

2000 in Review: City Promises ‘Transformation’ for Public Housing

For the first time in six years, the Chicago Housing Authority spent an entire year under city–”not federal–”control, and showed signs of making significant changes in the lives of Chicago’s 23,162 public housing families. The year began with the CHA board approving its 10-year, $1.5 billion “Plan for Transformation,” to demolish 51 high-rises and create mixed-income communities of publicly funded, affordable and market-rate housing. One sign of transformation took place at the helm. Often-criticized Chief Executive Officer Phillip Jackson resigned June 1. The CHA Board named 17th Ward Alderman Terry Peterson to replace Jackson.

Mortgage Explosions

Since the Chicago Housing Authority launched its $1.5 billion plan to demolish public housing high-rises, owner-occupied home loans in the neighborhoods surrounding the targeted developments have exploded, growing at a rate nearly three times faster than elsewhere in the city.