New CHA Chief to ‘Think Outside the Box’ in Transforming Public Housing

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(Chicago Sun Times) — The public housing chief in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday made the giant leap to Chicago with a promise to “think outside the box” and provide more support services for displaced CHA residents.  Charles Woodyard, 53, will need creative and unconventional thinking to succeed in his new, $216,000-a-year job as head of the Chicago Housing Authority.  The $1.6 billion Plan for Transformation that tore down CHA high-rises and replaced them with mixed income communities has fallen five years behind schedule because of the collapse of the real estate market.  “Given the bare reality of this real estate market, … we will be outside of the box thinkers on this. We will use our current assets to see how we can turn those into savings, into real housing opportunities for low-income families,” Woodyard told a news conference at a mixed-income complex built in the shadows of Cabrini Green.

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