Affordable Housing Should Not Be Inferior Housing

Affordable Housing Should Not Be Inferior Housing

Availability of Safe and Affordable Housing is crucial to the progress of Lake County. Lack of it deters businesses from expanding into our communities, who opt for communities with greater access to available workforce resources.
I had a conversation with Dr. Ben Carson in March, thanking him and HUD for putting pressure on our local Housing Authorities and demanding they improve on the quality and safety of our housing programs.
 
This last audit by HUD uncovered over 700 violations in 78 housing units for one housing authority in Lake County, many of them serious safety violations. Violations ranged from uncapped gas lines to raw sewage in a basement to circuit breakers tampered with to prevent them from properly tripping when overloaded. 
As a result of the audit, the North Chicago Housing Authority is being told to pay back to HUD over $150,000 in non federal funds. This costs taxpayers.
It is hard to believe, based on the facts of the audit, that inspections on these units were even performed prior to their passing the Housing Inspection process. Yet even senior management was part of the pre-audit inspection process.
In addition to the obvious fiscal and business reasons, this is a humanitarian issue. Public funds should not be spent to private companies who subject their tenants unsafe and unclean conditions. It is the job of our Housing Authorities to guarantee a safe place for families and individuals to live.

Here is a link to the HUD Summary: https://www.hudoig.gov/index.php/reports-publications/audit-reports/housing-authority-city-north-chicago-north-chicago-il-did-not

Here is a link to the full HUD audit: https://www.hudoig.gov/sites/default/files/2018-12/2019-CH-1001.pdf 

Lindenfest, the Epitome of Community

Lindenfest, the Epitome of Community

This weekend I was so honored and grateful to have the opportunity to spend so much time with residents of Lindenhurst and Lake Villa at the Annual Lindenfest Festival and parade.

Not only was it a genuine good time for me and my family, it was such a beautiful example of how communities come together to make things happen and be with each other in a fun and happy environment.

On a more solemn note, it was also uplifting to see so many people from the community come out for an impromptu prayer vigil to pray for the rapid recovery of the the sweet little girl who was struck by a vehicle Friday night in Lindenhurst.  Members of the community from all around, Lindenfest committee members, village officials, police and even family of the little girl, Leah, all showed up to share their prayers and wishes for her recovery.

I ask that everyone please continue to pray for Leah and her family. I’d also like to ask for everyone to pray for the poor driver who was caught by surprise and now must personally deal with the horrible tragic accident.

Lastly, I want to thank to 60+ supporters who braved the heat to walk with me and my family in Saturday’s parade. You are all an amazing group of people, and I am truly humbled by your support!