Housing Justice Committee

Leaders at a recent housing meeting discuss the Keeping the Promise ordinance.

Leaders at a recent housing meeting discuss the Keeping the Promise ordinance.

The Jane Addams Senior Caucus Housing Committee is led by concerned leaders who organize around housing justice. We believe that high quality, safe, accessible, and affordable housing for seniors, as well as individuals and families, is a human right. Committee members work in senior buildings to form tenant associations and build power to address building condition concerns while also organizing to preserve affordable housing for seniors. We build power to pass housing policy that reflects our values at the city, state, and national levels.

Currently, we are collaborating with the tenant association at Jenkins Hall to preserve over 75 units of affordable housing in the Near North Neighborhood and working with tenant associations at Caroline Hedger Apartments, Evergreen Towers I & II, and Judge Fisher apartments to improve management and building conditions. In partnership with ONE Northside we are organizing with seniors and community members in Rogers Park to stop the use of public, senior housing land for a Target that would hurt local business and take space from seniors. Citywide,  we are also working in coalition with the Chicago Housing Initiative on the Keeping the Promise Campaign for Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) Reform. The Keeping the Promise campaign is an effort to drop homelessness in Chicago and dramatically increase access to affordable housing through a city ordinance that would give City Council oversight of the CHA.

JASC's Housing Committee meets during the JASC Joint Committee meetings on the 3rd Monday of each month from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Contact Kelly at 312-787-2382 x224 / kelly@seniorcaucus.org or Brock at 312-787-2382 x 223 if you would like to join our fight or have a housing concern.

RECENT VICTORIES:

JASC leaders from Presbyterian Homes lead an action to save their affordable housing from being sold as market rate developments

JASC leaders from Presbyterian Homes lead an action to save their affordable housing from being sold as market rate developments

  • In 2016 JASC organized with seniors to get CHA’s commitment to preserve 112 units of Senior Housing in Lakeview and Rogers Park formerly owned by Presbyterian Homes.
  • In 2015 JASC worked with residents at Kenmore Plaza to preserve over 100 units of affordable housing in Edgewater. 

  • In 2012, Jane Addams Senior Caucus and the Sweet Home Chicago Coalition proposed and drafted key amendments to the Chicago’s TIF Purchase Rehab Ordinance. This law makes additional Tax-Increment Financing (TIF) available to redevelop apartment buildings for lower wage house-holds thus increasing the affordable housing stock in our city.

  • Advocated with senior residents of Maple Pointe to ensure residents were able to stay in their homes and not illegally incentivized to move.

JASC leaders and allies at a recent press conference demanding that CHA put people over profits. 

JASC leaders and allies at a recent press conference demanding that CHA put people over profits.