img_1907_1_e1548276298652.jpeg

Ald. Harry Osterman (48th) celebrates the passing of the Chicago Senior Relocation Plan Ordinance on Wednesday with members of the Jane Addams Senior Caucus. | Carlos Ballesteros, Sun-Times

City Council approves senior housing ordinance

SHARE City Council approves senior housing ordinance
SHARE City Council approves senior housing ordinance

To raucous cheers and applause, the City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a housing ordinance tailored to protect seniors living in buildings undergoing major repair work.

The Chicago Relocation Plan Ordinance requires developers to go through a laundry list of checkpoints as they plan to renovate and rehabilitate senior buildings. Ald. Harry Osterman (48th) introduced the ordinance in November.

The ordinance is intended to provide seniors with enough notice about repairs being done in their buildings and to help them transition into new living quarters during renovations.

“This ordinance is about treating seniors with respect,” Osterman said on the council floor.

The ordinance applies to only developments that receive funding from the city of Chicago and have at least 24 units.

Dozens of seniors with the Jane Addams Senior Caucus, an activist group that’s pushed for the ordinance since 2016with support fromthe Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, packed the City Council Chambers early Wednesday in anticipation of the vote.

Carmen Betances, a caucus member and resident of the Elizabeth Wood Senior Apartments in Lincoln Park, said the ordinance would provide safeguards for seniors living in dilapidated buildings.

“Passing the Chicago Relocation Plan Ordinance is the first step in demonstrating to seniors across the city that their lives matter and their representatives are putting their constituents health and safety before developer dollars,” she said.

Carlos Ballesteros is a corps member inReport for America,a not-for-profit journalism program that aims to bolster Sun-Times coverage of issues affecting Chicago’s South and West sides.

The Latest
The lion cub, born March 15, is named Pilipili, after the Swahili word for “pepper.”
The survey involved 1,250 adults, which, coincidentally, is also the number of sports-media professionals in Chicago who openly are betting on the players and teams they yap and/or write about.
Which side of town does the Cubs-White Sox rivalry mean more to?
All signs point towards the Bulls and LaVine getting a deal done to make him a max player the next five years, but the unrestricted free agent wants to be wined and dined by other suitors just to hear what’s out there. That means there’s always a chance LaVine could stray.
There are reasons to think the Fire can turn things around, but also stay on their slide.