City officials and East Chicago residents are outraged that a faulty CDC report puts children at risk. Residents of the West Calumet Housing Complex, who are predominantly African-American and Latino, would later learn that their homes were built with lead. They are angry that they have not been informed for a year and a half that some of their children have extremely high levels of lead, which are a threat to their health.
In 2004, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began to study the soil surrounding the complex and nearby residential areas. The report gave residents a false sense of safety, even though the area was known for high lead levels, and it gave the EPA the same sense of safety.
In December 2016, a Chicago Tribune investigation uncovered more than $1.5 million worth of lead contamination at the complex, and government officials were warned that the contamination had been a public health risk for decades. HUD officials also said their program addresses threats of criminal activity, including, but not limited to, drug-related activities. The capital needed for such corrections, HUD says, could include mold from water leaks, lead paint damage, water leaks, mold and other contaminants, and removal of hazardous materials, though this is an example of an emergency. Emergency measures needed to address security concerns include security lighting, alarms and fences.
GHA is one of three public housing associations that will receive $34 million from HUD this year to address emergencies that threaten residents "health and safety and help secure public housing against crime and drugs-related activities. East Chicago is a minority - a majority city, with Latinos accounting for 42 percent of African Americans - according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Sandborn is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Public Health and has observed the impact of the housing crisis on the city's poor and minorities.
The development of real estate in East Chicago is largely confined to the eastern branch of the Grand Calumet River, which borders the property to the south. The property is bounded by West Branch to the south and a section of Lake Michigan to the north.
The move has enabled Warren and other residents of West Calumet to relocate their homes. Many residents of East Chicago cannot afford to move because they are unable to cover the costs of moving to another part of the city, such as rent, utilities and insurance for their new home, as well as the cost of utilities for a new home in another part of the city. While they could cover the price of their current home and all moving expenses, they can no longer afford their next home or move to another part of West Chicago or even another city or state. Although many residents of EastChicago are able to finance the purchase of a new home or any other move - at the cost of moving to other cities or places - many of them cannot afford the rent or the cost of moving to other areas of West Chicago and / or another state or country.
Daniels and her children live in a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment in West Calumet, Illinois, and have lived there for more than 20 years. Walker rents an apartment in a small apartment complex in east Chicago, about 20 miles southeast of Chicago. The apartment has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room, as well as a bathroom and a kitchen.
In 1992, USG moved its headquarters from Wacker Drive 101 South to the location where it has been living since March 2007. West Calumet was built in the 1970s on land once used by an Anaconda refinery about 20 miles southeast of Chicago.
After decades of industrial pollution, city and federal officials forced residents to move, neglecting to provide adequate resources to find new homes. On August 30, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that families living in the complex, who were scheduled to move by November 30, had received HUD vouchers that went into effect on September 1.
In August, shortly after Copeland made the announcement, the East Chicago Housing Authority issued residents 90-day housing vouchers to cover their rent for the new homes based on their family's needs. Klepper declined because he did not see a realistic timeframe for relocating residents, but the East Chicago Housing Authority turned to the organization to help Calumet residents run their vouchers. Given the lack of affordable housing, Daniels pursued Section 8 of housing lending with the help of vouchers from the West Chicago Community Development Corporation (WCCDC) and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), but he found it difficult to navigate the process. Faced with a shortage of affordable housing, he pursues Section 8 by using a voucher from the West Chicago Community Defense Corporation, a housing advocacy group, and finds it difficult to navigate through the process.