Bickerdike 3 building affordable housing project almost finished, LUCHA 10 building project next _ EveryBlock Chicago can i claim housing benefit

@yosef they’re more expensive mainly because they use union labor and follow chicago code and inspection processes to a T. Often, non-for-profit developers are used, these developers double as training programs for ex-cons, etc. A lot of private developers don’t want to deal with section 8 because of the inspection process, or other parameters, such as ones credit scores which make most potential section 8 candidates ineligible to rent to for these apartment owners. Even in relatively poorer parts of the city, such as englewood, west englewood, garfield park, austin, rents are higher than those that will be offered at this development site. Poorer people often get gouged by slumlords, you see. This isn’t a perfect process and is very expensive, you are right, but there aren’t many viable alternatives in chicago right now.Can i claim housing benefit

Here’s a great story about another housing program, which originally got me interested in buying a house because I qualified for it at the time. Ultimately, I got frustrated on how opaque this organization was and how slow it took them to redevelop houses and bought a house the regular way. It explains why it costs so much for this program to rehab houses…Which mainly is due to politics.

Bearmosa, thanks for the clarification. Maybe part of the problem is that the methodology and the organization of such projects lend themselves better to larger projects, with union contractors’ efficiency of scale, and organizational costs that are split over a larger number of units. But applying this type of development to 3 flats (or a single family home as in your example) can be a problem. The numbers posted on the original post for these 3 & 6 flats suggest a 55% funding gap that is expected to be covered by tax credits.Can i claim housing benefit this is huge, and may ultimately make the project not viable, as there is also a scarcity of public funds. Which may be why bickerdike’s projects have been for larger buildings. And while those have been out of character, they are preferable over the garbage strewn empty lots and burnt out derelict buildings they are replacing on armitage, on blocks widely neglected by private developers. But the logic of spending even more per unit and build economically challenged projects by rezoning quiet residential streets into apartment buildings, escapes me. And still, public housing costing the public far higher than private housing seems to be the dilemma.

Bearmosa, I agree that the zapata’s are similar to the private developers’ newer buildings a few blocks east, but those are also out of character. So let’s just say that armitage is changing character, and frankly I don’t find this disturbing, given that it is a commercial street, the higher density is not as worrisome, and if higher density is what it takes to develop distressed blocks of urban landscape, it is not like what was there was better anyway.Can i claim housing benefit but I don’t think the same can be said of drake and sawyer, while the one on kedzie makes more sense. Also, I assume part of the incentives would be no or low property taxes for these developments. But the lots on drake and sawyer close to the the 606, may become somewhat desirable locations for private homeowners, that can add more tax revenue.

@yosef it might be as simple as they planned to build there because the land was vacant and they acquired and had planned to build there many years prior to the 606 even been approved? I’m not sure entirely. As the earlier link I provided about government aided rehabs showed though, it might be easier for these affordable housing developers to build buildings to code new than it would be for them to rehab. Bickerdike has rehabbed many older buildings though. I like that there seems to be more of an effort to have a integrated neighborhood (socioeconomically speaking) in logan square, humboldt park, and west town, etc, than there was in wicker park, bucktown, west loop, south loop, etc.Can i claim housing benefit as these areas continue to gentrify I feel like there is plenty of room, if zoning allows for it, for working class peoples to stay. I think overall its better to aspire to integration and the coolness factor of having that mixture will probably be to the benefit of home owners, businesses and residents, compared to areas that become more bland and homogeneous when they have only a few types of social classes living in them. Admittedly, I live a bit further west, off of fullerton and pulaski. I would be happy for bickerdike or LUCHA to rehab some of the abandoned/failed condo conversions I see throughout hermosa and west logan square. I’ve reached out to people at these organizations to do so. I’m no NIMBY ;); but for now their focus seems to be in more densely populated areas and in areas they are already used to serving.Can i claim housing benefit