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In Illinois, somebody being paid minimum wage would have to work 99 hours a week to afford the average two-bedroom apartment.  That’s according to a new study.

The study found the average cost for a two bedroom apartment in the state is more than one-thousand dollars a month. 

Sharon Legenza is Executive Director of Housing Action Illinois.

To solve Chicago's affordable housing crisis, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is calling on developers to think small.

Peoria officials will use a state grant to turn downtown office space in the central Illinois community into subsidized housing for the homeless.

1st Quarter Housing Mark Holds Strong in Peoria

Apr 18, 2018

The Peoria area housing market remained stable in the first quarter. 

Illinois will get $1.7 million in federal grants for six anti-poverty programs.

Home Sales, Prices Up in the Peoria Area in 2017

Jan 23, 2018
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The Peoria Area Association of Realtors reports a strong fourth quarter that resulted in  2017 home sales out-performing the previous year. Home sales grew 10-percent year over year for the quarter that ended December 31st.

Mary Ann Ladendorf is the President of the Peoria Area Association of Realtors. She says the fourth quarter saw a .2 percent increase in sales for the year:

“Our average price home was up. So we finished very strong.”   

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The proposed Rivertrail Apartments project on parkland along Peoria’s riverfront has been awaiting state and federal government approval for three years.

Illinois has awarded more than $22.5 million in federal tax credits to help fund 20 new affordable housing developments.

A housing report shows that more than 1,300 health and safety issues remain at two public housing complexes in southern Illinois.

Home for Veterans Dedicates New Wing, Named 'Hope'

Jul 7, 2017
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The General Wayne A Downing Home for Veterans in Peoria is getting five new residents.

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A University of Illinois at Chicago report examines "pervasive" racial inequalities in the city when it comes to housing, economics, criminal justice and health care.  The 184-page report looks at three groups which each make up roughly one-third of Chicago's population: blacks, whites and Latinos. 

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Friends of Riverfront Park gathered on the green space yesterday for music and the cause of saving it.

Developers are working through the process of having the city-owned, state and federally-designated parkland converted. The development proposal is for a four-building, 143-unit apartment complex. Joyce Harant is with the Friends of the Park.

She says they’ve planted flags to show the footprint of the proposed development.

Environmentalists oppose River Trail development

Jul 27, 2015
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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
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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.