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CHA Board of Commissioners officially welcomes new Chairperson

Angela Hurlock vows to continue CHA legacy of safe, decent and affordable housing for all residents

Newly-appointed Chicago Housing Authority Chairperson Angela Hurlock presided over her first Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday at the Charles A. Hayes Investment Center.

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot nominated Hurlock for the position in September, and she was confirmed by City Council in October. Hurlock is the Executive Director of Claretian Associates, a community development corporation that provides affordable housing to residents of South Chicago.

As Chairperson, Hurlock said she would continue CHA’s legacy of ensuring safe, decent and affordable housing for all CHA residents.

“I’m happy to be here and profoundly excited about my new position,” Hurlock said. “During the past two months I have met with most of my fellow Commissioners, had several divisional orientation sessions with CHA staff and visited several CHA properties. I also participated in the Operation Warm event and it was an honor to be invited to the CAC/LAC inauguration luncheon. As the Executive Director of Claretian Associates, I know the importance of working with resident stakeholders firsthand.”

At Claretian Associates, Hurlock oversees the development, execution and evaluation of the community development corporation, which serves 3,000 families a year. It provides affordable housing and vital services that benefit the safety and well-being of residents and families in South Chicago and its surrounding communities.

Hurlock has been awarded the South Chicago Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, recognized as a Harvard Kennedy School Achieving Excellence Fellow, received a Green Award from Chicago Magazine, and inducted as an inaugural fellow of the University of Chicago’s Civic Leadership Academy. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, Metropolitan Family Services-Southeast, University of Chicago Urban Lab Advisory Committee, Alliance of the Southeast and Chicago Rehab Network, where she is also a pro-bono instructor. She is a volunteer with Chicago Development Fund Advisory Board, is a Special Service Area #5 Commissioner and lectures on Project and Construction Management throughout Illinois.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of Architecture from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In other business, the Board approved a number of resolutions that support CHA’s development plans and partnerships that create new housing opportunities and community assets in neighborhoods across the city.

“These projects signal CHA’s continued commitment to advancing the creation and preservation of affordable housing and supporting the redevelopment of Chicago neighborhoods,” said Acting CHA CEO James L. Bebley.

“Each project serves a unique need in the community and demonstrates our ability to work with a diverse group of development partners to deliver new housing and amenities and spur redevelopment that will benefit CHA residents and the broader communities.”

The Board approved a CHA loan of up to $7.5 million for the development of a new construction apartment building at 508 E. Pershing Rd. in the Oakwood Shores redevelopment site (the former Madden-Wells public housing site). The $23 million mixed-use project will bring 53 newly constructed, mixed-income units, 3,500 square feet of commercial/retail space on the ground floor and 40 residential parking spaces. The unit mix includes 20 CHA, 16 affordable (tax credit) and 17 market rate units. The project, which will also be supported by other public and private funding sources is the seventh rental phase of Oakwood Shores. The project is being developed by Oakwood Boulevard Associates, LLC, which includes The Community Builders, Inc. (TCB), Granite OBA Madden Wells, LLC, and UJIMA, Inc.

Also approved was the use of project-based vouchers (PBVs) under CHA’s Property Rental Assistance (PRA) program for 30 CHA units at 5150 N. Northwest Highway in the Jefferson Park community and 10 CHA units at 1136 S. Wabash Ave. in the South Loop. The units will be leased to families from the CHA waiting list and help expand housing options in Opportunity Areas. Additionally, the Jefferson Park development will include VASH vouchers to assist 10 formerly homeless veterans find permanent housing.

The Board also approved a plan for CHA to enter into a partnership as co-developer with The Michaels Development Co. to rehab two CHA senior properties. Plans call for significant rehabilitation for long-term preservation of the 350-unit Albany Terrace Apartments at 3030 W. 21st Street in the South Lawndale community and 151-unit Irene McCoy Gaines Apartments at 3700 W. Congress Parkway in the East Garfield Park community. Both buildings will receive significant upgrades to the units and systems, bringing modern amenities for residents while making the buildings more energy efficient.

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