Rent on the rise: How high will rent in Chicago climb?

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Pictured Above: chicagodefender.com, Denitha Polk says she cannot afford housing in a safe neighborhood. Photo by Alberta Dean

“I was evicted from my Westhaven Park apartment (a near West Side residential development with market-rate as well as low-income rental units) a month ago because they said I made too much money. We had a place that we called home and within a heartbeat it was taken away. I am not willing to move to just any neighborhood. For one thing, I’m raising a young Black male and I’m very protective of him. When I come across an apartment in the range I can afford, they are in neighborhoods with very high crime or are not up to livable standards or city codes.”

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