housing

Environmentalists oppose River Trail development

Jul 27, 2015
Cass Herrington / Pe

Environmental advocates are speaking out against the proposed River Trail Apartments. The 143-unit complex is slated to be built on what is currently the north end of Riverfront Park.

Area resident Jo Lakota visits the site on a regular basis. She says preserving the parklands is essential for the community’s health.

“And to the health of the river," Lakota said. "You’re going to put down cement and cut down all these trees and have more flooding, which we spent what a half a million three quarters of a million dollars downtown. I mean, come on we’re not all fools.”

Brenda Coates retiring from PHA

Apr 20, 2015

Peoria Housing Authority CEO Brenda Coates is retiring early next year after 27-years with the group.  Coates will remain in the post until her contract expires January 31st of next year.  The PHA Board is planning to form a search committee to find Coates’ replacement.  

PHA approves redevelopment strategy

Jan 29, 2015

    

 

The Peoria Housing Authority Board unanimously approved its overall strategy to provide direction on future redevelopment projects. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:

PHA sees progress on housing conversion program

Jan 21, 2015

The Peoria Housing Authority is seeing progress on a long-stalled program through the Department of Housing and Urban Development It’s called the Rental Assistance Demonstration, or RAD, program:

Some of the hundreds of Dunlap residents at a public meeting Tuesday night expressed concerns for a public housing redevelopment study.

Peoria officials tout ‘Greenwood Estates’ complex

Nov 19, 2014

Peoria City officials say new ownership and police involvement are turning around the former Village Green Apartment complex. New York-based Capital Realty re-named the 120-unit community ‘Greenwood Estates’ after taking over last year. Peoria Police Officer Richard Linthicum says management promoted a zero-tolerance policy towards crime:

Facility for homeless veterans officially open

Aug 20, 2014
Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

Homeless veterans in the area have a new place to get the help they need to transition back into society. The South Side Office of Concern Wednesday officially opened its so-called Veteran’ Haven on Monroe Street. The facility can house 15 veterans at a time.

Peoria Housing project put on hold

Jul 18, 2014

The Peoria Housing Authority is putting the Greeley Scholar House Project on hold. The historic school is the PHA’s proposed site for eventual public and market-rate apartments that would serve to replace some of the Taft Homes.  The Authority says it plans to re-apply for tax credit financing with the state Housing Development Authority in December. 

The Peoria Housing Authority is looking to buy two properties to replace some of the apartments in the Taft Homes. The PHA is looking for land throughout the city to build new homes for the more than 200 units currently at Taft. The two potential properties for development are at 919 Northeast Jefferson and 2917 West Lake. 

PHA to vote on new firearms policy

Dec 30, 2013

The Peoria Housing Authority board will vote on a new firearms policy next month. The goal is to make sure its complying with Illinois’ concealed carry law which takes effect in January. The law forbids anyone from carrying a concealed weapon on government property. P.H.A. Chief Executive Officer Brenda Coates says the housing authority’s policy will reflect that by prohibiting concealed carry in any of its buildings, including the common areas.

Chicago remembers open-housing advocate

Dec 30, 2013

John Baird is being remembered in many ways due to his decades as a real estate developer and architecture preservationist.  But also for his work to fight housing discrimination in Chicago.