From a 48th Ward Email Blast:
Concerted Action Forces Changes at Bad Buildings
Alderman Smith continues to hammer away at bad building owners through housing court, removing city subsidies and organizing and educating tenants in such buildings who otherwise would be afraid to speak up.
5718 N. Winthrop is one example of the community working together to force a bad owner to improve the conditions at his building. In conjunction with the Edgewater Community Council, Alderman Smith was able to pull $53,000 in annual subsidies from the building and its owner and reallocate that money to responsible landlords. Court advocates regularly attend housing court hearings for this building, where over 60 building code violations are being addressed, to make sure the judge and owner realize that safe, clean housing is a critical issue for our community.
By the end of April, 20 tenants will have been relocated with the community's assistance from this dangerous building; whenever possible, they are staying within the Ward. A special thank-you to the men and women who helped us move these people over the past two months and to Care for Real for the use of its van and volunteers in this effort.
Moving forward, we will continue to focus on 5718 N. Winthrop in Housing Court and work to eliminate City subsidies for other 48th Ward buildings owned by this particular landlord. If anyone is interested in attending Housing Court with us as a court advocate, please contact email@example.com.
[UU Note: The same landlord who lost his subsidized housing funds in the 48th Ward - John Klise/ Circle Management - also owns buildings in trouble in the 46th Ward, at 1325 W. Wilson, 851 W. Montrose, and 1039 W. Lawrence. We wonder if Ald. Shiller will be as tough as Ald. Smith was, or if he'll be protected, as other owners of buildings in housing court due to multiple violations have been in the past.]
ActionUptown.com Addresses Safety Initiatives
Alderman Smith is excited to announce the re-launch of ActionUptown.com and the availability of Uptown-specific Neighborhood Watch yard signs. The web site is the central source for information about all of the community public safety initiatives in Beat 2024. There you will find details on Neighborhood Watches, bad buildings in Uptown, the yard sign project, court advocacy and the many ways you can become involved in making Uptown a safer place to live and work. The ActionUptown yard signs can be picked up at the Ward Service Office, 5533 N. Broadway.