Community Development Digest

Illinois

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Housing Authority Eyed for Fair Housing Shortcomings

Rockford, IL is HUD’s poster child in the department’s new “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” campaign to desegregate the country’s primarily white neighborhoods. Rockford Housing Authority and city officials are on notice from HUD Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity (FHEO) office to reconsider a scrapped low-income housing development or face possible consequences.

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Indiana Lt. Governor to Honor ‘Stellar’ Small Communities

Indiana Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann (R) will welcome the five 2015 Stellar Communities finalists on Monday, Aug. 17 at 11 a.m. to showcase their local community’s in-depth Strategic Investment Plans (SIP). Additionally, Ellspermann will announce the two Stellar Communities Designees for 2015 as part of the Indiana State Fair’s Community Development Day celebrations.

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Firm Nails $20.8M Refinance Deal for Apartment Complex

The loan is structured using the Department of Housing & Urban Development’s (HUD) Section 223(a)(7) program.

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HUD Clarifies ‘Equal Participation’ for Faith-based Groups

The Department of Housing & Urban Development issues a proposed rule that would amend its existing regulations pertaining to equal participation of faith-based organizations in HUD programs.

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Developers Fight Affordable Housing Proposal

Developers warn Chicago officials that a proposed development rule will drive development out of the city after an initial building spurt in advance of the rule taking effect.

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Nearly $400K Goes to Local Groups

The Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation in suburban Chicago makes grants totaling more than $394,000 to local groups, including nine grants totaling $25,000 awarded through its Future Philanthropists fund.

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Will the Chicago Spire Become More than a Myth?

The Chicago Spire is a super tall skyscraper project in Chicago. It was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Construction stopped in 2008, with its foundation work completed, after several years of financing challenges resulting from the Great Recession.

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Housing Authority Agrees to Affordable Housing Development Plan

HUD has reached a Voluntary Compliance Agreement (VCA) with the Aurora, IL, Housing Authority, settling allegations that Aurora's rebuilding plan for a demolished public housing complex would have illegally denied housing to people with disabilities, displaced families with children, and people on the housing authority’s waiting list, the majority of whom are African American.

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State Aids Tornado-Stricken Southern Illinois

Gov. Pat Quinn (D) allocates $45 million in aid to help tornado stricken southern Illinois recover after the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied assistance.

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Chicago Considers Tougher Affordable Housing Rules

High-end developers in Chicago could be forced to provide a percentage of their luxury units to the poor or pay heftier fees to buy out of the requirement.

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