Appeal for affordable housing pushes limits of mayoral power

At issue is an apartment building near O’Hare Airport in Chicago. It would be a $91 million investment by Glenstar Properties containing 297 units, 59 of them set aside as affordable for those whose incomes fall within the limits of city ordinance. It’s Chicago’s version of rent control. The project in the 41st Ward has the support of Mayor Lori Lightfoot via the backing of city departments. It also has raised opposition from residents on the grounds that it’s too big for the area and would add to traffic congestion and school crowding.

Chicago Sun Times • September 13, 2021

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On Minnesota’s eviction moratorium and what comes next

Some of Minnesota’s pandemic protections already expired this summer, and landlords can now legally evict if tenants significantly breach their contract or refuse to apply for federal rental assistance. Tenants with unpaid rent due to COVID-19, however, are protected from eviction through June 1 2022, so long as they have a pending application with a federally funded rental assistance program.

Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine • September 9, 2021

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Milwaukee group calls for millions in dollars and policy changes to add more affordable housing and reduce racial homeowner gap

The reconvened Community Development Alliance on Tuesday laid out a blueprint it says would provide more than 64,000 units of affordable housing to Milwaukee's Black, Latino and low-income residents over the next 30 years. Pursuing those goals over the initial 10 years would require an investment of $69.3 million more in grants and $66.2 million more in loan capital from banks and other lenders than is currently being provided, according to an analysis in the report.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel • September 8, 2021

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