Chicago has a housing problem: the rents are too damn high

Andre Vasquez, alderman-elect for Chicago’s 40th ward, speaks at an April 10, 2019, protest against the proposed billion dollar tax subsidy for the Lincoln Yards development. Alderman-elect Michael Rodriguez stands next to Vasquez, his face partially obscured by the megaphone. Photo by Charles Edward Miller/Wikimedia.

My 23-year-old daughter called me one evening from the El. She was on her way home from her part-time, $14 an hour job that pays her portion of the rent for the small apartment she shares with three roommates.

“Mom, I met a woman on the train. She needs a place to sleep tonight. I’m going home to get her $20 and a blanket. I told her I’d get some shelter numbers…