Former SJNN Fellow investigates public housing and Latinos for Univision

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Adriana Cardona reporting on Univision, Chicago, April 30, 2016.

Adriana Cardona-Maguigad, a two-time Social Justice News Nexus Fellow and former SJNN blog editor, recently reported on the Chicago Housing Authority’s relationship with Latinos for Univison, where she now works as an investigative reporter.

In the first segment of her series, Cardona-Maguigad noted that Latinos make up only a small proportion of recipients of housing aid from the Chicago Housing Authority. Latinos represent only 9.3 percent of people served by the CHA, she noted, compared to 84 percent African Americans.

Cardona-Maguigad explained that Latinos may have trouble accessing the system because of language barriers and because some think, erroneously, that they cannot get housing if they are undocumented. The piece notes the Chicago Housing Authority’s “aggressive” efforts to make their services more accessible to Latinos.

In the second installment, Cardona-Maguigad documented how there are more than 122,000 people on waiting lists for different forms of Chicago Housing Authority subsidized housing, and noted the $430 million in unspent surplus funds that advocates say should be quickly spent to provide more housing.

An in-depth web story as part of the package also includes more information, including about the redevelopment of the LeClaire Courts site on the Southwest Side and the Lathrop Homes development in a gentrifying area on the North Side.

Previously, Cardona-Maguigad reported for Univision on development companies finding ways to evade the city ordinance mandating affordable housing, especially in Latino neighborhoods.

Meanwhile Univision also recently aired Cardona-Maguigad’s three-part investigation about the status of Puerto Ricans sent to unlicensed drug treatment centers in Chicago by authorities on the island. Cardona-Maguigad uncovered this situation during a ground-breaking investigation she did as an SJNN fellow starting in 2014. Cardona-Maguigad recently won the Society of Professional Journalists’ prestigious Sigma Delta Chi award for that story.

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