Jeff Barnes | Chicago Reader

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Re: “The Chicago Housing Authority’s sleeping giant

I would not believe one word out of anyone working for the CHA, especially political hack Eugene Jones. Jones is just the current HUD flunkie in charge at CHA, but as in the past he probably won't be there long and another useless flunkie will be appointed, that is if HUD is still in exsistance.

The federal government wants out of the housing business. That is why all the government owned projects were torn down and the people given vouchers. But now HUD and Section 8 are facing the biggest cuts in the agencies history, there will not be any increase in vouchers or money to fund them, or the CHA. By this time next year it is expected that some 200,000 vouchers nationwide will have to be rescinded as there will be no money to pay for them. Dallas and Houston Texas have already rescinded 1500 vouchers due to budget cuts.

At HUD headquarters in DC the employee cafeteria has been shut down and gutted. Half of that huge building is empty and locked off. The staff at HUD is half of what it was some 15 years ago. Since Trump took office and appointed Ben Carson to run HUD much of the senior staff has left or was fired. The future of Section 8 is bleak, I suspect what will happen is that the program will be divided up and moved into different exsisting agencies as the government moves to shut down HUD. So I would say if you do not have a voucher, you are not going to get one, even if you did no landlords will take them because they see the writing on the wall. For those who have them expect some serious changes to the program. 1. Timelimits 2. Mandatory work requirements 3. Tougher screening on criminal background, evictions and credit checks. 4. Pretty much the only people the program will service in the future will be seniors, vets and the disabled.

They don't want any citizen or renters advisory groups, they don't have the money to pay them and Trump wants the agency shutdown. That is the reality.

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Posted by Jeff Barnes on 10/19/2017 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Armed with new data, the Chicago Housing Authority plans to give ‘supervouchers’ another try

Trump can't get rid of HUD and Section 8 fast enough, this program is BS

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Posted by Jeff Barnes on 06/09/2017 at 1:46 PM

Re: “The infamous practice of contract selling is back in Chicago

If she had an actual realtor he/she would have told her she was NOT qualified to buy a house. With a bankruptcy and such little income no bank would have given her a loan. It's not about if you can make the monthly payment, its about that and taxes, insurance, upkeep, repairs, it is very expensive to own a home. The community needs to do a better job letting people know not to fall into these scams, legal or not. That will help drop the number of people caught up in these schemes.

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Posted by Jeff Barnes on 03/07/2017 at 4:21 PM

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