After Scrutiny, CHA Cuts Value of ‘Super Vouchers’

Michelle Manchir, Chicago Tribune, August 18, 2014

Chicago Housing Authority voucher recipients will no longer receive enough assistance to place them in the city’s most luxurious high-rise buildings under a new policy, the agency announced Sunday.

The policy targets “super vouchers” that allow low-income recipients to receive up to 300 percent of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Fair Market Rent, which for the Chicago area is $826 for a one-bedroom apartment. The new limit will be 150 percent, according to the release.

The policy change comes barely a month after the agency came under scrutiny for its use of the vouchers to put families in apartments where rent can start at $2,300 a month. In July, Republican U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock of Peoria called for an investigation to ensure the program is not wasting tax dollars.

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The CHA said its “exception payments,” or the extra-funded vouchers, affect less than 2 percent of its overall voucher portfolio. Those vouchers aim to “provide CHA families the ability to choose where they want to live and enjoy the great diversity that Chicago communities have to offer.”

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  • GeneticsareDestiny

    Those vouchers aim to “provide CHA families the ability to choose where they want to live and enjoy the great diversity that Chicago communities have to offer.”

    No one except the ultra-rich can “choose to live where they want to live.” Most people have to limit their housing choices to apartments and areas they can afford to live in. Normal working and middle class families have to make these decisions, and they can’t always afford to live in a neighborhood they’d prefer.

    Why should people on welfare get to live wherever they want when the taxpayers (who are funding their vouchers) can’t?

    • MBlanc46

      Well come on, that’s obvious. It’s because they’re black and ordinary taxpayers aren’t.

      • propagandaoftruth

        How much does a poor black person get in welfare?

        More than many poor working Whites get for bustin’ their humps.

        And they so angry!!!!!

  • JackKrak

    Damn, Jose and Conchita will have to fire the maid now.

  • TruthBeTold

    Chicago Housing Authority voucher recipients will no longer receive
    enough assistance to place them in the city’s most luxurious high-rise
    buildings under a new policy

    Did the ‘Mixed Income’ theory not pan out?

    Did not blacks become model citizens being around wealthy whites?

    It should have worked. It was a theory.

    Odd. Very odd.

  • 1stworlder

    Die verse city is great until it moves in next door.

  • A Freespeechzone

    Make NO mistake, this crap will happen under Obama’s insistence that all neighborhoods have ‘diversity’…..hopefully they will start in Malibu or Beverly Hills.

    • TXCriollo

      Ya they will sure love that in white liberal land

  • http://saboteur365.wordpress.com/ bigone4u

    How many more of these programs are never scrutinized. When I was an economics professor at the big public university, I became privy to a lot of this type of stuff. At the time, I was shocked at the blatant nature of all of it. I can guarantee you someone was skimming off the top of all the programs I saw–a politician’s cousin or whoever.

    • TruthBeTold

      Please write your experience and submit it to AR.

      It would make a great read.

  • Kenner

    I’m paying the whitey tax in my now trending neighborhood. I’ve read that a new one-bedroom apt can go for $2000. a month. I’m hanging on by my fingernails.

    • Whitetrashgang

      I hear you went from a 300,000 dollar house to a 500,000 house to be safe. Had to go to good will to get a nice leather jacket for 20 dollars instead of 300. I live in my house with a inflatable bed and no furniture , everything goes to my mortgage, its the only thing I can do for now. One of these days I will buy a blanket if I can scrape up the money.

      • Kenner

        Ha! I didn’t realize how that sounded until I read your post. I just retired, and I’m living on half my income, and the rents keep rising. I’ve never owned a home, and grew up in a govt housing project, one that was almost all white, back when America was the same.

  • pokerchip

    Bizarre, how bizarre.

  • Paleoconn

    I hope they use the vouchers and go to rich White liberal neighborhoods. What you sow, so shall you reap. However, this is actually something that can work. In small numbers, they can behave and not make a mess of the place that welcomes them. They are under scrutiny.

    Cabrini-Green and other massive projects OTOH, were disasters almost overnight. A waste of White tax dollars.

  • journey

    Wow! Someone with common sense said, wait a minute?

  • MBlanc46

    Dang, and here I was hoping I was going to get to live in Lake Point Tower or 860-880 LSD.

    • HE2

      Mr. Blanc, I am aiming for Winnetka. Want to join me?

      • MBlanc46

        I’m game. Lake Forest would be nice, too.

  • http://www.antenna.com Wholly Unconvinced

    “provide CHA families the ability to choose where they want to live and enjoy the great diversity that Chicago communities have to offer.”

    Hilariously (or depressingly), this may be the first time in history that those who are actively waging war against us have referred to white people as “diverse”

    This line, when translated means “this is the best way to move Sh’dinafoN’iqua and her 13 little monsters across the hall from the rich whites taking refuge in overpriced apartment high rises.”