Housing and Gentrification: a Queer Issue

The Campaign for Wilson Yard:

There's No Place Like Home, If You Can Afford One

In the last decade the population of metropolitan Chicago grew by more than half a million people, but the number of rental units actually decreased by 52,000. Rents are rising by more than twice the overall rate of inflation. Nearly 40% of all renters now pay more than a third of their income on rent, with nearly 200,000 people paying more than50% of their income on rent. Many people would be surprised to know that only about onein five people living in poverty receives any type of housing subsidies, and that atthe same time, nationwide, homeowners, who are overwhelmingly middle- orupper-class, are subsidized to the tune of $100 billion a year through Federal income tax deductions for their mortgage payments. Here in Chicago, the number of Section 8 rental units is shrinking because landlords are choosing to take advantage of the overall housing shortage in the city to rent their units on the open market to higher-income people. Over the next five years, about 10,000 Section 8 units in Chicago are set to convert to private market rates. In this context, landlords have been given an incentive to discriminate against people of color, poor people and people with large families.


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