CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Saturday was promoting a plan to reduce vacant properties, create affordable housing, and stop people from losing their homes.
“When people lose their homes, it doesn’t affect just them,” Preckwinkle said. “Vacant and abandoned properties hurt whole neighborhoods by creating unsafe conditions and further disinvestment.”READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Frost Advisory Along And North Of I-88
Preckwinkle joined several county commissioners and Chicago aldermen Saturday for a ribbon-cutting in Englewood.READ MORE: Plan For High-Rise Development Has Some Oak Park Residents Fired Up
They toured an apartment building there that was recently renovated after being vacant for 15 years.
The local leaders are calling for state lawmakers to pass the Homeowner Relief and Community Recovery Act, which is designed to transform vacant properties into homes and put them back on the tax rolls.MORE NEWS: ONLY ON 2: Mother Speaks After 7-Year-Old Griffith, Indiana Boy Was Run Over By Car; He Remains Hospitalized
They said it will also help families keep their homes by reducing predatory interest rates.