Congressman wants to end CHA "supervouchers"

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CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock is seeking an end to a Chicago Housing Authority program that puts some of the city’s poorest residents into its highest priced apartments.

Schock says CHA “supervouchers” allows a select few families to receive $3,000 to $4,000 a month in rent assistance that puts them in “some of the nicest luxury units.”

Schock says the agency awards vouchers up to 300 percent of market value. The Peoria Republican wants to bring that down to 120 percent.

Tony Rossi of Chicago-based RMK Management Corp. told Crain’s Chicago Business that he and other landlords believe the vouchers are a mistake because there are about 15,000 people on the CHA’s voucher waiting list.

The CHA says the program is less than two percent of its voucher portfolio.

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