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Pres. of all black Chicago community rails against section 8

Keith Tate, president of Chatham-Avalon Park Community Association. The community is 98% black. He says that the Chicago Housing Authority is ruining the community with section 8 vouchers.

Note: 88% of people receiving family housing from the Chicago Housing Authority are black. Most of the rest are Latino. Whites and Asians make up a fraction of 1% each.

For years sane people, including CofCC members, have been denounced by the press as “racist” for opposing section 8 vouchers. Now the Chicago Housing Authority has publicly admitted that the “racists” are correct in saying they increase crime. Apparently “white racists” aren’t the only ones who think section 8 vouchers are bad. Many black oppose them as well.

The Chicago Housing Authority now admits that section 8 voucher using bring dramatic increases in crime to a neighborhood. For years they have denied their was any increase in crime in the past. CHA spokeswoman Kellie O’Connell-Miller comically said that CHA had no way of knowing that section 8 residents caused an increase in crime, until an officially study was done.

The CHA is still claiming that tearing down its notorious housing projects caused an overall decrease in crime. However they do not factor in that the population of the city decreased by 7% during the time period they are looking at. There is also a nationwide trend in the majority black urban areas where the sheer volume of crime makes it unlikely that the lesser crimes are investigated. Therefore, people have just stopped bothering to report them any more.

Ironically, the neighborhood complaining the hardest is Chatham, which is 98%+ Black. Chatham is not even close to being the hardest hit. In at least seventeen districts, 1% or more of all households are inhabited by a section 8 voucher holder. Only .69% of Chatham are voucher holders.

From Chicago Sun-Times…

Crime was worse in neighborhoods where former Chicago Housing Authority residents used vouchers to move into private apartments, a new study found.

From 2000 to 2008, violent crime was 21 percent higher in neighborhoods with high concentrations of voucher-holding former CHA residents — when compared to similar neighborhoods without them, the Washington-based Urban Institute found. Property crime also would have been lower without relocated residents in those neighborhoods, the study said.

In the past, CHA said there was no evidence of a link between crime and the relocation of public housing residents. “Until this study, really, there hasn’t been any data that addresses this question,” CHA spokeswoman Kellie O’Connell-Miller said.

“It reiterates the importance to us to remain committed to responsible relocation strategies,” she said.

Some communities are not very happy to have them. Chatham, where generations of African-American teachers, lawyers and other professionals have called home, has seen an influx of former CHA residents with vouchers — about 120 of them.

“It has been disastrous for Chatham,” said Keith Tate, president of Chatham-Avalon Park Community Association.

“Never did we see individuals sitting on their cars drinking 40-ounce bottles of beer.”

Tate said the community is experiencing a clash between longtime residents with a strong work ethic and former CHA residents on the dole.

“We have opened our arms to accept anyone into our community,” Tate said. “But it has caused a tremendous problem. We have had more burglaries than normal, more shootings. . . . We’re fighting on all fronts now to satisfy the needs of the long-term residents and the new residents who just moved here.”