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CHA sitting on thousands of empty units?

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The Chicago Housing Initiative, an alliance of HUD tenants, says it will release data tomorrow showing that the CHA, which has a waiting list of 68,000 families and seniors, also has thousands of empty but habitable public housing units. According to CHI, at the start of this year, CHA "owned and operated" 21,900 units, but was housing only 15,760 families.

CHI wants to know what's up with the other 6,140 units, and wants to meet with interim CHA head Carlos Ponce, to discuss the "growing glut of vacant public housing units." CHI staffer Leah Levinger says the group will release its report at 9:00 AM, September 20, outside a CHA Board meeting at Lathrop Homes, 2915 N. Leavitt.

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