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County Board passes low renters' plan

Thursday, March 25, 2004
Chicago Defender
by Chinta Strausberg

Cook County Legislation Committee Chairman, Commissioner Larry Suffredin won a victory early this week when the full board approved his legislation that helps poor people pay their rent. "Everybody got a victory today" said Suffredin.

"I'm concerned about where the Bush people are going with Section 8" he told the Chicago Defender, referring to the proposals by Republicans to whittle down that program.

"In the suburbs, this program is not working," the commissioner said while on his way to Springfield to lobby passage of HB4100, which he says will create a state alternative program to Section 8 and gives renters relief.

"They get squeezed the most, and they have the least number of options," he said of poor tenants. "The poorer you are, the less chance you have of quality housing."

While the Cook County Board approved his resolution, asking the state to make it a law, Commissioner Bobbie Steele said: "It needs to be worked on because the state wants the county to charge $1 for each transfer of new property and the state gets $9."

They want each county to collect that and who will be the agency to disburse the money.

"But. The concept of low income people having sufficient housing is something I subscribe to because many times they are working people but can't afford $900-$1000 rent on a job that pays them $7 an hour" she stated.



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