CHA Wants to Know How to Change

March 04, 2012

The largest public housing redevelopment effort in the history of the United States is looking for a few good Chicago real estate ideas.

The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) is rehabbing its Plan for Transformation and has opened up the process for suggestions.

Started in 2000, the Plan is a $1.6 billion effort that took down dozens of dilapidated CHA buildings and helped thousands of Chicago residents of public housing move toward economic independence.

But the struggling economy has prevented the CHA from rebuilding housing, and the Plan needs an overhaul.

It’s called the Plan for Transformation 2.0.

”The Plan for Transformation has been a historic and valuable program that has changed the fortunes of thousands of Chicagoans,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Now is the time to craft the plan for the next generation, to create safe, affordable housing options for families and propel Chicagoans toward economic independence throughout our neighborhoods.”

The CHA has launched a website to collect ideas from anyone about its future at The website will be accessible through March 30.

You can also send comments by email at or by phone at 312-913-5886.

There is also a Resident Input Session public meeting planned for Friday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to noon at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd. You must be a Chicago resident with proof of residency to attend.

“We encourage everyone, especially CHA residents, to participate in the planning process. The external input received and ideas for the future will guide CHA as we update the Plan to address the economic realities of today and better serve CHA residents” said Charles Woodyard, CHA’s CEO.

“As we move forward, it is our hope that the Plan will encourage CHA’s clients to use housing as a platform to improve their lives and that CHA’s investment in our housing and land assets will serve as a catalyst to improve communities.”

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