A federal judge today ordered the two remaining families living in a Cabrini-Green high-rise to move out of the building within 10 days, allowing the Chicago Housing Authority to move forward with demolition plans. The final seven families at 1230 N. Burling St. had agreed last week to vacate the building on Tuesday, but when the moving trucks arrived, two families backed out of the deal, according to the motion filed by CHA. The two families refused to leave because they said their new housing was not fit to inhabit. One family stated that the new home had broken windows and was in a bad neighborhood. Worse than Cabrini-Green? The other family wants to move into the mixed-income community that will be built after the housing projects are demolished. There is currently a waiting list, and the CHA has refused to give the family priority over waiting families.
This story is shameful on so many fronts, especially allowing people to live in substandard conditions for so long. We won't mention building new places for people who can actually afford to live elsewhere. Just because you're poor doesn't mean you deserve the least that folks in power have to give.
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