CPL and CHA reveal winners of co-located library/housing design competition


WASHINGTON – (RealEstateRama) — Chicago Public Library (CPL) and Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) will announce the selection of the three architecture firms that will work with the Irving Park, West Ridge and near West Side communities to design co-located housing and library developments. Chicago is one of the first cities in the country to develop co-located housing and libraries.

Who: David Reifman, Commissioner of Department of Planning and Development

Brian Bannon, Chicago Public Library Commissioner

Eugene Jones, Jr., Chicago Housing Authority CEO

Representatives from winning Chicago design firms

Aldermen representing each of the communities

What: Press event to announce the winners of design competition for three CHA/CPL co-located developments

Where: Chicago Public Library Chinatown Branch, 2100 S Wentworth, Chicago, IL

When: Sunday, March 19 at 12 noon

Why: To make the public aware of the winners of the design competition and highlight the successful interagency partnership.

If possible, please RSVP to the CHA’s Office of Communications: Molly Sullivan: (312) 786-3344;msullivan (at) thecha (dot) org; Matthew Aguilar: (312) 935-2646; maguilar (at) thecha (dot) org

Press contacts:

Office of Communications – Chicago Housing Authority
Molly Sullivan: (312) 786-3344; msullivan (at) thecha (dot) org
Matthew Aguilar: (312) 935-2646; maguilar (at) thecha (dot) org


The Chicago Housing Authority provides homes to more than 50,000 families and individuals, while supporting healthy communities in neighborhoods throughout the city. CHA has utilized the flexibility of the Moving To Work agreement to test innovative, locally-designed strategies that use federal dollars to more efficiently help residents become self-sufficient and to increase housing choices for low-income families. As a result, CHA families are more successful than ever before. In 2000, 15% of work-eligible heads-of-household were employed. Now more than 58% are employed. Also, the annual income of employed heads-of-household has doubled to more than $19,000 a year.

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