Yesterday there was a panel on affordable housing by the Housing Authority of Champaign County that included organizations such as the C-U Tenant Union, the NAACP, and politicians at the local, State, and federal level. Full video of the "No Place Like Home" panel is available here on the HACC's facebook page. News-Gazette coverage from today's paper below:
Plenty of units, but rent too high
Rents that are too high, jobs that pay too little and discrimination are adding up to a serious lack of affordable housing for the working poor of Champaign County, according to a group of community and government leaders. Hosted by the Housing Authority of Champaign County, this group came together Wednesday to begin tackling an issue in a community that’s seen many new higher-end apartment developments built in recent years.
That is: There are plenty of vacant rental units, but the rents are well beyond what many people can afford to pay...
About 50 people attended the panel discussion. Others on the panel included State Rep. Mike Marron, R-Fithian, and Champaign Neighborhood Services Director Kerri Wiman.
Housing Authority CEO David Northern said these sessions will continue and will also bring in legislators and representatives from other communities in the county.
More at the full article here (eEdition link here), including brief excerpts from the various speakers. I'll have some additional updates on re-entry housing issues locally soon as well. On the State level, there is a recent report on re-entry housing in Illinois available here.