Announcing JCUA’s next campaign: Bring Chicago Home

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We have a new campaign!

Following a two-month selection process of proposals, presentations, and deliberation, the JCUA membership has voted to join Bring Chicago Home (BCH), a grassroots movement to combat homelessness in Chicago.

The campaign seeks to create a dedicated revenue stream for permanent supportive housing by restructuring the way the city collects taxes when properties are bought and sold. Currently, Chicago collects a 1.2 percent tax on all property transactions, regardless of property value. BCH proposes creating a graduated tax for property transactions valued at $1 million or more. This tax increase would apply to less than 5 percent of property transactions, but the change would have an enormous impact: it would generate $167 million in new revenue — $88 million for the city’s general budget and $79 million specifically dedicated to addressing homelessness.

We now join a powerful coalition convened by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless — including ONE Northside, United Working Families, SEIU Healthcare, Communities United, All Chicago, and The Corporation for Supportive Housing — fighting to make BCH a reality.

Housing justice has long been a central issue for our organization. Some of the first campaigns JCUA founder Rabbi Robert J. Marx worked on targeted the racist, exploitative housing policies and practices of 1960s Chicago — including redlining and contract buying. JCUA later took on a direct approach to providing affordable housing through our Community Ventures Program, which since 1991 has provided $6.5 million in zero-interest loans and 4,370 units of affordable housing. We are moved and inspired to press forward on an issue we hold so close to our hearts.

Thank you to the hundreds of JCUA members who participated in our campaign selection process. If you’d like to take action or receive updates on the Bring Chicago Home campaign, complete this short Google Form and we’ll be in touch very soon!