Former Residents of Chicago’s Madden/Wells Public Housing Now Live in Better Housing, Safer Neighborhoods
August 11, 2010 | Grantee Publications | Housing

New research funded by MacArthur and carried out by the Urban Institute suggests that families that moved from Chicago’s Madden/Wells public housing community, as part of the city’s plan to transform public housing, now live in better housing and safer neighborhoods. But, the report says, poor health is keeping many out of the workforce.

The Chicago Housing Authority’s $1.6 billion Plan for Transformation of public housing — launched in 2000 — is working to demolish more than 16,000 units of housing and to rehabilitate or build 25,000 units over 15 years. MacArthur has provided support to help ensure the success of the Plan and bring economic opportunity to the people and places affected by public-housing transformation in Chicago.

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