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Public hearing this week about proposed HRA in Cook County

Cook County will host a public hearing about a proposed Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) Tuesday morning on the south lawn of the courthouse.

The hearing starts at 8:30 a.m. It will take place outside due to risk from the rapidly spreading variant of the coronavirus.

The notion of forming a Housing & Redevelopment Authority in Cook County remains a key talking point as local government looks to play a role in addressing the housing crunch in the community. The proposed HRA will be an entity managed and organized similar to the format the local Economic Development Authority (EDA). If approved, the HRA would have oversight from the current EDA Board of Directors. It’s an idea the county board has considered throughout 2020 and this year, though no formal action has been taken to create such an entity at this time.

A vote to form an HRA in Cook County is a possibility at the next meeting of the county board Aug. 10, following the public hearing.

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke Aug. 9 with Cook County Administrator James Joerke about the public hearing, and to learn more about what a Housing Redevelopment Authority. The audio below is their interview from Aug. 9.