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Tenants to meet with HUD

Tenants from HUD-subsidized buildings across the city will demand greater accountability from property managers in a town hall meeting with HUD officials sponsored by the Chicago Community Congress of Tenants tomorrow.

The meeting grows out of efforts by residents of eight subsidized senior buildings, who have been meeting with HUD officials and property managers since late last year. They’ve succeeded in getting quicker responses to requests for repairs and action on broken elevators and other unsafe building conditions, said Kathy Cheney of the Metropolitan Tenants Organization, sponsor of the CCCT.

They also asked for a public meeting with subsidized tenants in general, who have many of the same concerns. Chicago HUD director Ed Hinsberger and senior project manager George Gilmore will participate.

CCCT is asking for an ombudsperson for HUD-subsidized buildings, inclusion of renters in decision making and quarterly meetings with HUD, as well as more timely action on repairs and better accountability on rent adjustments.

“Repairs can take weeks or months, or never get done at all,” said MTO organizer Malik Wornum. Rent is pegged to 30 percent of income and is adjusted when income changes. “If someone gets laid off it takes at lot longer to adjust their rent than when income increases,” Wornum said. “If someone gets a raise they’re all over it.”

The town hall takes place Wednesday, February 13, 1 to 3 p.m. at Access Living, 115 W. Chicago.

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