CHA To Send Residents Checks For Utilities Following Lawsuit

Bernie Tafoya
September 10, 2018 - 2:05 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Thousands of current and former public housing residents could be receiving checks as part of a class action lawsuit settlement.

The Chicago Housing Authority is supposed to give utility allowances to its residents, but residents said they were not keeping up with the increasing cost of utilities over the years.

In 2015, six current and former public housing residents filed a lawsuit alleging that between 2007 and 2017, the Chicago Housing Authority did not properly revise the amount of the utility allowances it was required to provide to residents, even though the cost of electricity increased during this time.

In some cases residents said, people got behind in their utility payments and were evicted from their CHA apartments. 

Now, there’s been a settlement reached and some 30,000 current and former residents will receive portions of a more than $6.675 million total.

CHA has since updated the utility allowances, installed energy-efficient appliances and new heating and cooling systems to help lower energy use and costs.

Martha Lewis, one of the original plaintiffs who filed the lawsuit, said: “We believe this settlement helps the public housing residents with some extra money and represents a fair resolution. We are pleased with the parties’ agreement and the efforts to help the residents.”