New City Building Code Relief Will Increase Supply of Affordable Housing and Reduce Neighborhood Blight

Posted on February 28th, 2017

One impediment to developing affordable housing in Chicago has been the City’s antiquated building code, portions of which haven’t kept pace with improvements in building techniques and materials. As a result, it…

Significant improvements slated for Altgeld Gardens in 2017

Posted on February 2nd, 2017

Some two years after CHA and BPI reached a legal agreement, CHA is poised to begin more significant development of new and renovated community facilities in Altgeld Gardens.  In addition to the…

BPI and CHA Reach Agreement on Replacing Lathrop Public Housing Units

Posted on December 16th, 2016

The Chicago Housing Authority and BPI reached an agreement in federal court Thursday that calls for CHA to develop on Chicago’s North Side 525 family public housing units that will not be…

Replacement of Public Housing Units Is Critical to Success of Lathrop Redevelopment

Posted on December 9th, 2016

As the construction start date for mixed income redevelopment of Lathrop Homes approaches, most likely in early 2017, BPI is involved in activities to ensure that public housing units not being replaced…

Alex Polikoff: Reflections on Gautreaux at 50

Posted on November 17th, 2016

BPI had a significant milestone to reflect on this year:  It was 50 years ago, as a volunteer attorney for the ACLU, that BPI Senior Staff Counsel Alex Polikoff filed the landmark…

New York Times Documentary Video Examines Legacy of BPI’s Landmark Gautreaux Case

Posted on September 23rd, 2016

BPI’s landmark Gautreaux case is one focus of an inspiring 15-minute documentary produced for The New York Times by the independent news organization Retro Report. The film looks back on the history…

Gautreaux Turns 50

Posted on August 9th, 2016

Today is an important day for BPI—the 50th anniversary of the filing of the Gautreaux case on August 9, 1966.  Gautreaux resulted in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that stands as…

HUD Proposed Rule Change Will Help Families Leave High-Poverty Neighborhoods

Posted on August 4th, 2016

This week’s Crain’s Chicago Business featured a thoughtful story on housing mobility, quoting BPI’s own Alex Polikoff.  The story focuses on a rule change currently under consideration by the federal Department of Housing…

Vacant Building Ordinances: Strategies for Confronting Vacant Building Challenges

Vacant Building Ordinances—A New Guide for Municipalities

Posted on June 8th, 2016

To help the many Chicago-region communities grappling with myriad problems posed by vacant and abandoned buildings as well as new foreclosure filings, BPI and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus have released a new…

Honoring Ida B. Wells with Chicago’s first monument to an African American Woman

Posted on October 22nd, 2015

Ida B. Wells fought for black civil rights and women’s rights, and crusaded against lynching during a particularly cruel time in American history.  Born into slavery in 1862 in Mississippi, Wells surmounted…

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