The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) Descriptive Essay by RobT04

Reviews literature, which pressured the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) into greatly improving its low-income housing.
# 111508 | 2,430 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2001 | US

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This paper relates that, in addition to other media sources, Alex Kotlowitz' book "There Are No Children Here", highlighting the poor housing conditions for Chicago's low-income residents in the late 1980s, was a catalyst for a movement to fix public housing. The paper points out the factors, which were combined with mismanagement, that caused the evolution of the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) from a model of good public housing policy to the worst in the country. The paper also stresses the problems of crime and violence in these areas. In conclusion, the paper cites articles commending the CHA for its redevelopment of this housing.

From the Paper:

"Over time the media has gradually become more and more interested in the goings-on of events in the CHA's public housing projects. The earliest journalists were over ten years ago and ended up producing books or other major writings on the subject. Kotlowitz and Popkin both ended up writing books. Journalist Susan Kellam wrote a report for "Congressional Quarterly" in 1993 . After this, many other major media organizations started to pay closer attention, especially since the CHA was starting its efforts to improve things."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • There are no Children Here. Alex Kotlowitz. 1991.
  • The Hidden War: Crime and the Tragedy of Public Housing in Chicago. Susan J Popkin, 2000.
  • The Final Report of the National Commission on Severely Distressed Public Housing. National Commision on Severely Distressed Public Housing.1992
  • "Public Housing". Susan Kellam. The CQ Researcher; September 10th,1993.
  • " Development Chief for CHA jumps ship". Curtis Lawrence, Chicago Sun Times; May 16,2001 pg 30.

Cite this Descriptive Essay:

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The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) (2009, January 23) Retrieved April 17, 2021, from

MLA Format

"The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA)" 23 January 2009. Web. 17 April. 2021. <>