At Issue: Tackling The Lack Of Affordable Housing

Craig Dellimore
July 28, 2018 - 6:00 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The head of a regional planning group is backing a measure that would prevent Chicago Aldermen from blocking some affordable housing developments in their area.

 Some people who work at or around O'Hare Airport cannot afford apartments or condos nearby. Some Aldermen and residents oppose lower income housing in their neighborhoods.

So MarySue Barrett, President of the Metropolitan Planning Council, is applauding a measure that would keep Aldermen from simply blocking projects in Wards where there's little affordable housing.

Generally, Chicago Aldermen have the final say on housing developments in their area. So, some wards have a lot of affordable housing... and some don't.

Barrett says all wards should have housing less affluent people can afford, and she supports an ordinance that would keep an alderman from blocking such a project if the ward has less than ten percent affordable housing.

She says the ordinance has 27 sponsors.

Metropolitan Planning Council President Mary Sue Barrett's the guest on our AT ISSUE program this weekend and you can hear more about jobs, housing and race Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.