United Nations housing specialist investigates housing problems in Chicago

09:36, October 30, 2009      

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A housing investigator on behalf of the United Nations is visiting Chicago as local community has expressed their concerns about foreclosures, displacement and high rents, city officials said Thursday.

Raquel Rolnik, an urban planner and professor in Brazil, is sent by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate housing problems in the United States. She will also visit other cities in the United States.

The UN Human Rights created the position of special rapportuer to investigate housing issues worldwide. Rolnik has held the job for the last year and a half. She says she has studied U.S. housing policy that guided creating mixed-income communities.

"I realized that one of the first cities that the program was put in place was Chicago so I could see not only the demolition but the new developments," Rolnik told local reporters.

Rolnik is assessing the Chicago Housing Authority's massive Plan for Transformation amid concerns from local community groups about displacement. She will present her findings on Chicago and other U.S. cities before the UN General Assembly in March.  

Source: Xinhua

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