Giving Prisoners Another Chance Through Affordable Housing

Posted on August 16th, 2017

The Chicago Housing Authority’s prisoner reentry pilot program, which allows some prisoners to live in CHA housing upon their release, was the recent subject of a thoughtful article in AtlanticMedia’s Citylab.  The author…

BPI Welcomes Newest Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellow

Posted on August 10th, 2017

BPI is pleased to welcome Madeleine Hamlin as our newest Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellow. Her policy work here will involve both our justice reform and housing initiatives. Maddy recently graduated from Syracuse University’s Maxwell…

Jefferson Park’s Affordable Housing Development is a Step in the Right Direction

Posted on June 2nd, 2017

In recent weeks, a proposed mixed-income housing development in Jefferson Park has come up against vocal opposition from neighbors.  To his credit, Jefferson Park Alderman John Arena has backed the project and six of his fellow aldermen have joined…

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…

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