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Your Questions About Low Income Apartments In Chicago

June 20, 2013

Jenny asks…

What apartments/rentals are walking distance to the MAX line in Portland Oregon?

Moving from Chicago area in June and I will be selling my car because I want to use public transportation and liberate myself from inflating gas prices, insurance and upkeep. Our budget is 1000 maximum for at least a 2 bedroom. Thanks !!! Oh and I have 2 small dogs :)

Administrator answers:

$1000 for a 2-bedroom? Well, I dont know about that. And there is no sales tax ! Anway, there are basically two sides of the river, West and East, and S.W. Is considered nicer. But there are parts of downtown and near downtown also higher price. The Pearl District has lofts and high rises. Downtown has a lot of low income apartments too. The N.W. 23rd Ave is good for those with no car, it is a concentrated shopping and transit area. The downtown square is free to ride the Max. The Max goes out to Hillsboro and at Orenco Station you find nice condos to rent, it is more suburban. You can go to the close-in S.E. Side of Portland like Sellwood which is interesting or 39th Ave older boutique area for lower rents and older buildings but there is more crime there. I lived in Portland for a few months but I am not there and could not help you. Look on Craigslist to get an idea of rental prices. Unlike other cities, Portland home values did not drop so apartments are not as low.

John asks…

Why didn’t New York keep the area around Ebbetts Field looking good as Chicago has done with Wrigley?

I’ve been to Chicago and the area around Wrigley Field is alive with bars and great places to eat, friendly people. Meanwhile, where Ebbetts Field once stood, it’s like a War Zone. Plenty of despair, fast food places and it’s hard to believe that it was once a happening place in Brooklyn.

Administrator answers:

The most obvious answer is $$$. At the time of its destruction plans were to build an apartment complex. From the looks of the photo below, that’s what happened:

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As I recall, the field was in a residentioal area. It’s too bad the city fathers did not think of the possible conclusions to their decisions.

About the same time Chgo built several high-rise complexes designed for low income families. Most of them have been torn down in the last 7-8 yrs. They were in worse shape than the Ebbets Field apts. At least some parking and a wall surrounds it.

Why not ask this question in the New York City category?

Daniel asks…

Good areas and areas to avoid in downtown chicago?

Im going to beauty school in chicago! I am visiting the school soon so i also need to look at some appartments! Where is the places to avoid and the places that are ok to live in! Im 19 so my boyfriend and i are going to be sharing a appartment. Any suggestions on where to live that isnt rediculous rent? Highest price range is 1000! Plz help :) anything is appriciated!

Administrator answers:

You or somebody posted the same question a few weeks ago.

There is NOTHING “affordable” in a safe neighborhood in or near downtown Chicago. PERIOD!!!

Exceptions: rooming houses, flophouses, and single residence occupancy (SRO); all of which cater to lower income (and often unstable) people.

You might be able to find some basic decent one-bedroom apartments in areas like Lakeview and some of the northwest side. Anything at least 3-4 miles north or northwest of the Loop is possible.

You can find better pricing further from the Loop.

Stay out of the west side, south side, and the far northeast side of Chicago.

Some of the neighborhoods further out are decent, less congested, and may cost less.

Ken asks…

My fiance and I have 5 cats and it is getting very stressful for me. Any suggestions?

For the first time since we’ve had all of them together-3 years- 3 of them have Upper Respiratory Infections. The vet bills for the past 2 days are outragious. We are getting ready to move to Chicago- probably into a smaller place. We currently live in a two bedroom house and also have 2 cockatiels. We love our cats dearly but I am getting a little bit overwhelmed.

I go to school full time and work part time and my fiance works full time. I feel like we just have too many animals. We absolutely love all of them but I am getting way too stressed between work/school/lack of money and crazy vet bills from them being sick. Does anyone have any suggestions?
For the first time since we’ve had all of them together-3 years- 3 of them have Upper Respiratory Infections. The vet bills for the past 2 days are outragious. We are getting ready to move to Chicago (not until August)- probably into a smaller place. We currently live in a two bedroom house with a full basement and also have 2 cockatiels. We love our cats dearly but I am getting a little bit overwhelmed. I realize that we have the responsibility to take care of them but at the same time I feel we will go broke if this continues.

I go to school full time and work part time and my fiance works full time. We rescued all of them. We absolutely love all of them but I am getting way too stressed between work/school/lack of money and crazy vet bills from them being sick. They have been sick starting this past weekend- all 3 have been to the vet and are on mediacation but I am so afraid that they will pass it on to the other 2 healthy cats. Any suggestions?
I do realize that it is our responisbility to take care of all of them. However, we will go broke if this continues. I am very afraid that the 3 that are sick will infect the other two. All three have been to the vet and are on medication. We aren’t moving until August.
Sorry about adding the same details over and over- first time using this and didn’t know it keep the old details!

Administrator answers:

I seriously can not BELIEVE that people are advising you to kill your cats because they have colds. That is unconscionable. URIs can get bad, but they are treatable and euthanasia is not an answer.

Only you can decide what you are able to handle. My roommate and I have had up to 6 cats, 2 dogs (40 lbs and 40 lbs), and a rabbit in a 2 bedroom apartment. Obviously, I don’t think 5 cats and 2 birds are too many, at least in theory. But if it’s too much for you, it’s too much. If you can find a way to make things work, you should. I imagine you took in each of these animals with the expectation that it would be for their entire lives. If it wasn’t with that expectation, you shouldn’t have them anyway if you aren’t committed to them. They deserve better. If your life circumstances have changed and you can’t provide what they need any longer, it is better to find new homes for as many as necessary to get you to a comfortable number.

BTW, there are a couple of vet clinics in Chicago for low-income clients. You might want to call them to see if you can use their services.

Michael asks…

Any low income based studio apartments for teenagers in chicago il?

im 19 years old lost both my parents and now my grandma’s kicking me out… I go to school full time and have a part time job still not enough to live on my own tho! does anyone have annnyyy suggestions where to go who to talk to I’M DESPERATE! im also an independent if that helps ….

Administrator answers:

You probably have no rental history, no previous landlord to give you a recommendation and no money in which to pay the rent, cable, electricity, heating, water etc that comes with renting. Your best bet would be to find someone who owns a house or townhouse/condo who is looking for a roommate to help share expenses that way you don’t need to worry about qualifying for an apartment and utilities, that’s already taken care of by the home owner. Also look for a roommate who has a fully furnished bedroom for rent also.

If you need to make it on your own you’re going to need to work full time and go to school part time until your situation improves.

Try Roommates.com and see if you can find someone in your area renting a room in your price range.

Good luck

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