Obama CBA Coalition
- Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale
- Bronzeville, Near South Side
- Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham
- Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore
- Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park
- Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted
- Lincoln Park, Old Town
- Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park
- Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale
- Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards
- Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park
- Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town
As Obama Center Is Built, 5th Ward Voters Overwhelmingly Back Affordable Housing Measures
About 90 percent of voters supported a South Shore community benefits agreement and "truly affordable housing" on a large, city-owned lot in Woodlawn in the Feb. 28 election.
$15 Million Fund To Help South Shore Condo, Co-Op Owners Fix Up Housing Approved By Council
The program will be piloted in a Crandon Avenue building to make repairs and stabilize the homeowner association’s finances. But Obama CBA organizers have criticized the move.
$15 Million Fund To Help South Shore Condo, Co-Op Owners Fix Up Housing Up For Final City Council Vote
If passed, the fund would direct $5 million of affordable housing funds per year toward loans and grants for struggling homeowners associations and residents of shared-ownership housing.
Organizers Protest Near Lightfoot’s Home, Demanding More South Side Housing Protections As Obama Center Is Built
South Siders have pushed city leaders to act faster to safeguard affordable housing near the massive project in Jackson Park. "We cannot wait on IOUs ... for more affordable housing to come later."
New Zine Drops Knowledge On How Communities Can Make Their Voices Heard About Major Developments
City Bureau's new zine, "Will That New Development Benefit Your Community?," explores community benefits agreements and other ways to hold developers accountable.
City Previews 1st Phase Of Woodlawn Affordable Housing, But Activists Press To Speed Up Timeline With Obama Center’s Arrival Looming
Officials proposed redeveloping 13 vacant lots on 63rd Street into five buildings with about 100 affordable apartments, with each building similar in scale to the Park Station project approved last fall.
Woodlawn Residents Push To Maximize Affordable Housing Near Obama Center
The coalition's proposal would create up to 1,000 units of affordable housing in Woodlawn. They estimate that would allow about 3,000 residents to remain in the neighborhood.
With The Obama Center Underway, Residents Say It’s Time To Protect Affordable Housing In South Shore
Organizers are calling on the city to invest at least $63.3 million in programs that assist South Shore renters and homeowners with repairs, housing costs, home purchases and more.
South Shore Residents Call For Neighborhood Unity As They Kick Off Campaign Against Displacement
Thursday's town hall was the Obama CBA Coalition's first with a South Shore focus, as organizers sought residents' visions around housing, culture, development and other concerns.
South Siders Keep Pushing For Housing, Employment Near Obama Center Site: ‘We Want To Make Sure This Is Something That Works’
Organizers and aldermen have a laundry list of protections they want to ensure before the Obama Center's planned opening in Jackson Park.
City Council Approves Woodlawn Affordable Housing Ordinance Near Obama Center: ‘A Step In The Right Direction’
As more than 50 vacant lots in Woodlawn are redeveloped, 30 percent of the units will be reserved for "very low-income" renters.
Organizers Celebrate Woodlawn Housing Protections, But Fight Continues To Keep Affordable Housing Near Obama Center
With an affordable housing ordinance in place for Woodlawn, South Side organizers say they also want to help lower-income residents in nearby neighborhoods. "This is a small step in the right direction," an alderman said.
Activists Build Tent City To Show What Could Happen Without Affordable Housing Around Obama Library
Attendees set up tents for an all-day protest at a vacant, city-owned lot. Community leaders from across the city called for affordable housing protections for Woodlawn that go beyond the city's recent proposal.
Woodlawn Residents, City Officials Call For Quick Action To Protect Affordable Housing Near Obama Center
Neighbors at Tuesday's meeting on the city's affordable housing proposal for Woodlawn held a variety of opinions, but many agreed a plan of action needs to be decided soon.
Lightfoot Plans To Spend $4.5 Million To Keep Woodlawn Residents In Their Homes Near Obama Center
Woodlawn Ald. Jeanette Taylor said the mayor’s proposal does not do enough to protect residents from being pushed out.
Ald. Taylor Vows To Block Lightfoot’s Scaled-Back Obama Center Affordable Housing Plan
"I’m going to fight [the Mayor] and everybody else on making sure that this doesn’t pass," Ald. Jeanette Taylor said. "It is either get right, or get right out of office.”
New Report Outlines City’s Plan For Woodlawn’s Development Near Obama Center Site
A draft report reviewing 11 plans for Woodlawn over a 15-year span was released Thursday, but residents wondered why some community groups weren't included.
City’s Scaled-Back Obama Center Housing Plan Doesn’t Do Enough To Protect Woodlawn, Alderman Says
"I don't want to kill [the city's plan], but if that's what needs to happen to make sure we're not displaced, then that's what's got to happen," Ald. Jeanette Taylor said.
City Unveils Scaled-Back Plan For Preserving Affordable Housing Near Obama Center
Woodlawn would be included in the plan, but most of South Shore and Washington Park would not.
7 Woodlawn Properties Once Owned By Rev. Leon Finney’s Nonprofit Set To Become Affordable Housing
With the complicated Obama Center CBA stalled, the city is taking a smaller step to preserve housing affordability in Woodlawn by purchasing the vacant properties.