Future Directions of the Chicago Metropolitan Housing Development Corporation GCP-96-9

Thomas J. Lenz
Senior Associate at the University of Illinois at Chicago Great Cities Institute

Public housing in the United States is in the midst of unprecedented change. For decades, public housing authorities have operated large housing complexes for the poorest of the poor relying on huge federal subsidies. The current U. S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Henry Cisneros, has promised to “end public housing as we know it by radically changing the way it is built, located, managed, occupied, and connected to the wider community.”1

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