Calumet Lead Crisis Update – 4 Nov

A major agreement between the federal government and the Shriver Center on Poverty Law has extended the deadline for West Calumet Complex residents. Residents will now have up until the end of March 2017 to find new housing, with emergency proceedures in place for anyone having difficulties. The East Chicago Housing Authority also agreed to waive any rent owed between 22 July 2016 and 31 March 2017. Evictions, threats of evictions, and late fees are also prohibited. This is a significant victory for residents and organizers, who as of just yesterday were voicing concerns that federal aid money was favoring demolitions and not families in need.



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