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Hotel Chateau Residents Meet at Lakeview Pantry to Voice their Point of View

Lakeview Pantry organized a meeting for the residents of the Chateau Hotel on November 1st, 2012 to discuss the future of the Chateau Hotel, home to many of residents there.

In October 2012 Hotel Chateau at 3838 N Broadway failed a building inspection that revealed numerous building code violations sending the building’s owner to court to possibly close Chateau’s doors for good.

Lakeview Pantry’s East site office is right across the street from Hotel Chateau and we have a steady flow of people coming in for food every week. The Pantry’s relationship with many of the residents at Chateau made us decide to have a clients meeting inform Chateau residents about what was happening to their building and the upcoming Housing Court hearing on November 13th, 2012.

Lakeview Pantry’s Education and Advocacy director Sreya Sarkar and manager of Client Services, Jenny Dwyer organized the client meeting on November 1st and the meeting was attended by several Hotel Chateau residents and some local service provider agencies.

In the meeting, Sarkar informed Chateau residents about the recent building inspection and code violations and the resulting court hearing and inquired about the residents’ thoughts on housing—challenges and needs. Dwyer shared information on available affordable housing in the area and other related services. The Pantry also invited other service provider agencies like Inspiration Corporation and EZRA to talk about their housing related services to the residents.

Lakeview Action Coalition’s Bharathi Gunasekaran was also present in the meeting and talked to residents interested in going to the November 13th Housing Court hearing.

On November 13th, 6 Chateau residents went to the Housing Court hearing and this sent out an important message to the other community members present for the hearing as well as to the judge. The message sent out was—The residents pay their rents regularly and call Chateau their home. They deserve good maintenance and services at the hotel. If the management is responsible for the building code violations then the management should change and not necessarily should the hotel close down.

Though the owner of Hotel Chateau, Jack Gore was not present since he could not be served the call to court, another court date has been set up on December 4th at 9:30am in which Gore has to be present.

The Courtroom process is repetitive and can go on for a while but the residents at the hotel need to be patient and should again show up for the next court date if they want to protect their homes.

Lakeview Pantry had reached out to Alderman Cappleman’s office a few weeks ago to encourage them to attend the November 1st client meeting. Though nobody could attend, Alderman Cappleman responded positively. He wrote to the Pantry, “I’m currently focused on making the Hotel Chateau safe for current residents; that’s my first priority. If anyone from Lakeview Pantry would like to assist us with these efforts, please let us know.”

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welcometochicago November 26, 2012 at 07:13 PM
i'm sure the chateau has residents that need affordable housing, but many "residents" of that horrible building are paying their "rent" (avg 750$ a month!!!) with checks they are receiving from the city/state/county whatever. i have personally witnessed fights, drug use, prostitution, public urination, robbery, damage to property (the list goes on) directly related to and because of this building. the management does NOTHING to prevent any of this, and the slumlord Jack Gore could care less, as long as he continues to get rich. talk to a few residents their and hear their horror stories about roaches, bed bugs, communal bathrooms, no heat/ac/hot water for weeks at a time. i think i speak for many of the neighbors and businesses near 3800 broadway when i say TEAR IT DOWN and let us make this section of lakeview safer and more attractive to prospective businesses and home owners.
MS November 27, 2012 at 04:05 PM
I would have to agree with "welcometochicago". As a resident in the area I think this issue is two fold. 1 the issues with the hotel chateau and 2 the residents that live there. While it is not right that Jack Gore is not taking care of his property and should be reprimanded, I can not imagine that the people living take care of the building either. I too have witnessed fights, drug use, public urination, and damage to property. It is disgusting and is not helping the quality of life in Lakeview. And while the city is at it, can someone please do something about the crew of hoodlums that hang out outside Center on Halsted on the Waveland corner. They are always out their causing problems (smoking pot, spitting on the side walk, screaming and fighting with each other, and talking smack to people passing by. I was once told by one of them that they were going to step on my dogs neck... NICE.
garry albrecht November 27, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Great story and commentary. The building has come OUR Cabrini Green. Poor folk need a respectful place to live but this place and this owner?? I hate to be a 'debby downer' on this one but........ fix it or raze it.
anonymous December 07, 2012 at 09:32 PM
it is easy for you to say as you don't live there! I live there and I am not a drug user nor do I cause problems. As for others who do, they should be put in a mental health facility or halfway house as it is hard to find good places to live with a small income and unless you have actually stayed here, most of you are making things out to be more than they really are as I have hot water and heat.
anonymous December 07, 2012 at 09:37 PM
I deserve to live in this community like everyone else and I am a good citizen so don't class me with the others as I mind my business and see a few others that are good people that also deserve to live here and not lose our homes because you think the entire place is filled with drug addicts and prostitutes which is not true! This hotel should be cleaned up but it isn't as bad as some make it out to be my room is fine and I am satisfied with it.
anonymous December 07, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Also, no matter who or where you live, there will always be crazy people on the streets not just from this hotel as I had a woman in CVS threaten and call me names and that was at 3033 north broadway no where near this hotel and it goes on all over the place so that is life and we all have to take the good with the bad and like I said I pay my rent I don't bother anyone so don't classify me as a bad person because I reside here!
MS December 07, 2012 at 09:44 PM
anonymous- This article or comments is not a personal attack on you. I am sorry you are having to live in a place that is not being taken care of. It is very unfortunate and it is also unfortunate that you are lumped in with the rest of the non behaving residents in the building. BUT the ones that are not behaving such as Jack Gore and many of the residents it give everyone a bad rap. Hopefully a positive resolution will come about and someone who does not use drugs and respects the area and people in it should be allowed to stay. I am more than happy to fight to people like you if that is the case as people should not be displaced BUT i do not have any patience for the others and do not want them where I live. It is not good for the community or safety.
anonymous December 07, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Megan, I understand and yes the ones that are on drugs and cause problems I have yelled at them, called the police and they should be put somewhere else. Thanks for your concern and trust me, I see everything that goes on in here and no I don't like living among crazy drunks druggies, but since they know I don't associate with them as I mind my own business.
garry albrecht December 07, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Jack Gore needs to held accountable to residents of that building and to the community. The nonprofit social service agencies that he is connected with need to be held accountable. This ghost landlord has successfully out-foxed the courts. Very sad! Affordable housing can work successfully if all parties connected with it work together for the well-being of its residents. I would like to know what agencies are connected to this building so they can put 'pressure' on Mr. 'ghost landlord' Gore.
anonymous December 07, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Gary, I don't have a social worker nor do I know of any agencies as I have never met the owner. However, yes there are alot of good people who live here as well as bad. The bad should be placed elsewhere as I am not one of them and the next courtdate is Jan 29th
garry albrecht December 08, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Temporary homeless agencies uses buildings such as this one as avenues for folks to begin anew. Not all residents need to have a social agency link.
anonymous December 08, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Well as you stated in your prior post you wanted to know what agencies the owner may be connected with and I told you so therefore you have your answer. I have lived here along time and have never been homeless either but thanks for your concern. smiles :)
anonymous January 01, 2013 at 05:44 PM
the building has been sold and the next courtdate is January 29th at 11:00 am

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