Some CHA Residents Say 'Good Riddance' To Exiting CEO

Steve Miller
August 22, 2019 - 4:52 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A group of seniors living in C-H-A buildings wants to change the narrative surrounding the departure of CEO Eugene Jones, saying that despite praise Jones has been receiving, many seniors say "good riddance."

"The narrative in the newspapers is, ‘Oh, he did all these wonderful things.’ Well, he didn't for the caucus."

Seventy-six-year-old Linda Armitage lives in CHA senior housing in Lakeview, and she's on the board of the Jane Addams Senior Caucus.

She is no fan of Jones, who has abruptly announced his departure as head of CHA after more than four years.

"There are stories about elevator malfunctions, no air-conditioning in the summer, losing air-conditioning in the summer. No heat in the winter."

Some reports have credited Jones with bringing stability to CHA, and he has drawn praise from some on the CHA board and reportedly from Mayor Lightfoot.

Jones had been under some fire when he was head of Toronto's public housing, before he took the job with CHA.

CHA released a statement: "Under CEO Jones’ leadership, CHA has proudly invested significant resources and time in addressing the needs of its nearly 10,000 seniors and will continue to work on their behalf to provide them with the good quality of life and housing they enjoy today.”