News & Press Release Archive

Since the beginning of the Plan for Transformation, residents, partners and whole communities have shared with us their success stories.  We are happy to share these tales of progress through a number of media forms. CHA issues regular media advisories and press releases highlighting the Plan’s noteworthy residents, construction benchmarks and seasonal events.  Click on a link below to read the full PDF of each story.

2014

October

Chicago Housing Authority Opens All Three Affordable Housing Waitlists for the First Time

August

CHA announces new policy for the Housing Choice Voucher Program

April

CHA introduces new website that allows low-income Chicago residents to apply for Section 3 jobs quickly and efficiently

January

CHA Hosts Open House on Cabrini-Green Draft Development Zone Plan

CHA & Brinshore Development Invites Public to Open House for Grand Opening of Buffet Place

CHA kicks off new scholarship program for CHA residents


2013

December
Chicago Bulls and Chicago Housing Authority Host Holiday Party

November
City Hall approves Chicago attorney Matthew Brewer for CHA's Board of Commissioners

October
Crowd of 5,000 expected at 6th Annual CHA Operation Warm

New Target open on former Cabrini Green land, provides new opportunities to Chicago Housing Authority residents

Managers and real estate investors at Navy Pier Saturday

September
CHA's premier educational event for property owners and managers coming to Navy Pier on Saturday, Oct. 12

August
For CHA kids, it's "Back to School" at Brookfield Zoo

CHA resident is all business about her future, set to leave for Shaw University in Raleign, N.C. next week

July
CHA resident set to help Lowden Homes open new Technology Center and help residents pursue dreams and pursue goals

May
CEO Charles Woodyard to give special presentation of CHA's new strategy, "Plan Forward: Communities that Work"

Wentworth Gardens set to open new Technology Center and help CHA residents pursue dreams, goals

Air Force Academy High School Honor Student Becomes Second CHA Resident to Win Prestigious Posse Scholarship

April
Mayor Emanuel and Chicago Housing Authority Launch New Strategic Blueprint "Plan Forward: Communities That Work"

March
New CHA, City Colleges agreement to provide degree and certificate opportunities for HCV residents—at low or no cost

Pomeroy Apartments Achieve Environmental Excellence

Mayor Emanuel and Chicago Housing Authority announce tax assistance  programs to help  CHA residents in preparing tax returns

February
Public Housing Site-Based Wait List to open at CHA's newly-renovated Lake Parc Place over the month of March

January
Lake Parc Place set to open new Technology Center and help CHA residents pursue goals and realize dreams

2012

December
Bulls Host Chicago Housing Authority Kids Holiday Party at the Museum of Science and Industry on Sunday, December 2
November
CHA, Chicago Seniors prep for 28th annual Downtown bash

CHA urges 85,000 people on current Public Housing, HCV and Scattered Site Wait Lists to update their information
October
More than 7,500 CHA Children to receive free, new winter coats courtesy of CHA and Operation Warm
CHA & LCP to hold Lathrop Homes Public Open House (Espanol)

CHA exceeds HUD-issued challenge to increase leasing goals by 500 units – results in net increase of 588 over fiscal year ---> (Espanol)
September

CHA’s Owner Symposium will address tough economic realities for property owners, managers, real estate investors

August

Neighborhood’s concern about deadly breast cancer results in first CHA community with built-in medical facility

CHA resident returns to College Send-Off Reception to talk about his first year at Ivy League’s Cornell University

Holle Thee Maxwell, a Chicago musical icon, set to perform for seniors at CHA’s 2rd Annual Westside Blues Fest 

July
Attorney Amy Degnan Gempeler Appointed as Chief of Staff

C.P.A. Linda Riley Mitchell Appointed Chief Financial Officer

Public Housing Community Area Wait List to open in CHA Scattered Sites South East starting Aug.6

Lawndale Gardens opens new Technology Center

Despite Recession, ‘Opportunity Chicago’ places more than 5,000 public-housing residents in employment in five years, exceeding its goal

CTA Job Openings

Scattered Sites Community Area Wait List Opening: Lincoln Square  English -->[link] 

Se Abrirá Lista de Espera para el Área Comunitaria de Vivienda Pública en
Lincoln Square
     Espanol -->[link] 

June

CHA Joins City & State Agencies to Target Troubled Buildings

Native of Mexico leaves home in search of American Dream; finds it through “Choose to Own” program
espanol - Originaria de México deja su hogar en búsqueda del Sueño Americano: Lo encuentra a través del programa “Choose to Own”  (CTO Fact Sheet)

May 

Public Housing Wait Lists to open in communities of Douglas, Oakland, Kenwood, New City and Fuller Park  

Listas de espera para vivienda pública abrirán en las comunidades de Douglas, Oakland, Kenwood, New City y Fuller Park

More than $1 million in summer youth programs approved by the CHA Board of Commissioners

Dearborn resident’s intense prep results in Gates Millennium Scholarship that will pay for Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD.

April

Success Stories Abound at Family Self Sufficiency Program Graduation Thursday at Charles Hayes Center

Entrepreneur, author and soon-to-be Morehouse grad will give CHA kids tips on how to garner $1 million in financial aid

March
Dearborn Homes opens new Technology Center

January 

Blackhawks host CHA kids at 2nd annual skating and teambuilding clinic sponsored by 1 World Sports

2011

December

Chicago Bulls, CHA Honor Stellar Students for the Holidays

CHA, Chicago Seniors get ready to Dance the Day Away

November
Mayor Emanuel Announces Zaldwawynaka “Z” Scott as the new chairman of the Chicago Housing Authority Board
CHA Celebrates Opening of Rehabilitated Green Senior Building


October

CHA, Operation Warm prepare to hand out 10,000 free, new winter coats to help public housing residents brave winter
Mayor Emanuel Recognizes Service Achievements By City Employees at the 43RD Annual Kathy Osterman Awards

CHA Program Helps Cancer Survivor Achieve Life Goals
Chicago Housing Authority Receives First LEED Platinum Certification for Senior Housing Development

September

CHA Hosts Premier Educational Event for Property Owners
CHA Occupancy Reaches 98%
Persistent Criminal Activity Forces CHA to Vacate Old Rowhouses

August

Hundreds of CHA Seniors Expected to Show Up for Final Summer Music Fest
Late CHA Commissioner Honored at Wentworth Tree-Planting Ceremony
Chicago Musical Legend Holle Thee Maxwell to Perform at CHA Blues Fest
CHA Salutes 90 Teen Residents Leaving Chicagoland for College Life
Young CHA Whizzes Complete Technical Academic Camp, Eye the Future
Former Ickes Resident Overcomes Obstacles, Heads to Ivy League School
Late CHA Commissioner to be Honored at Wentworth Tree-Planting Ceremony
Rising CHA Students Take Advantage of Summer, Prepare for College

July

CHA’s Charles Hayes Center to Host Open House and Health Fair
Family Self-Sufficiency Class Primed for Success

June

CHA Fosters Family with Fatherhood Festivities

May

CHA Chairman to Donate Stipend & Salary to Scholarship Fund

April

CHA Releases Comprehensive Report on Relocation under the Plan for Transformation
CHA Host 'Decoded"- 2011 Youth Summit (YouTube Clip)
CHA Youth Summit Advisory
Spring FSS Graduates Achieve Goals & Find Pathways to Success

March

Mayor Daley & Congresswoman Schakowsky Commemorate Opening of The Kenmore

 

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2009

2008