Census Shows More Empty Homes in Chicago’s South Suburbs
(Chicago Sun Times) — Residential housing vacancies increased across a swath of south suburbs, according to 2010 census data released today. The jumps were likely driven by foreclosures, and hit hardest in poor minority areas targeted by predatory lenders, according to Geoff Smith of the Woodstock Institute. The Sun-Times looked at vacancy rates for towns of 1,000 residents or more in the six-county area and found that eight of the ten largest vacancy increases in the six-county area occurred in towns south of Chicago. Ford Heights led the list with a vacancy rate that jumped from 3.4 percent in 2000 to 15.3 percent — more than one out of every six homes or apartments.