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As subsidized housing spreads, suburbs face rising number of poor


Caprini Green demolition

A wrecking ball demolishes Caprini Green in 2011


Decades ago, Yolanda Crawford had a chance to leave the Chicago Housing Authority’s Dearborn Homes in Bronzeville and move to Naperville.

She turned it down. That’s a decision she regrets.

Now, from the front porch of a small three-bedroom home in Burnham that she leases using a Section 8 “housing choice” voucher, the retired postal worker has some advice for other mothers raising children in Chicago’s crime-ridden neighborhoods.

“I advise any mother: Move to your suburban areas,” she says…Please click here to read Chris Fusco, Tim Novak, Mick Dumke and Brett Chase’s story in the Sun Times.

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