To protect Chicagoans, rental assistance must recognize informal arrangements
"To protect Chicagoans, rental assistance must recognize informal arrangements."
In an op-ed in the Chicago Tribune, Claire Laurier Decoteau and Cal Garrett expand their work on IRRPP's "Deadly Disparities in the time of COVID-19: How Public Policy Fails Black and Latinx Chicagoans." As they write, "Many Chicagoans experienced housing insecurity before the pandemic. Renters often manage the burden of housing costs by sharing spaces and splitting rent, or by forming informal housing agreements (without a lease) based on month-to-month cash payments. These arrangements usually don't have a paper trail but are the way many Chicagoans make ends meet. Existing policies fail to protect these residents or provide them support."