CHA dedicates South Side senior building to current longest-serving Commissioner

CHA Commissioner Dr. Mildred C. Harris stands in front of the new sign at the South Side Apartments named for her at a dedication ceremony Wednesday, June 29, 2022.
CHA Commissioner Dr. Mildred C. Harris stands in front of the new sign at the South Side Apartments named for her at a dedication ceremony Wednesday, June 29, 2022.

CHA dedicates South Side senior building to current longest-serving Commissioner

The Chicago Housing Authority yesterday dedicated a recently refurbished South Side senior building, located at 6360 S. Minerva,
to its current longest-serving Commissioner, Dr. Mildred C. Harris.

Dr. Harris, who was initially appointed to the CHA Board of Commissioners by Mayor Richard M. Daley on July 7, 1999, is widely
recognized as an influential teacher, author, pastor and board member. Dr. Harris has consistently used her platform to help serve and assist
public housing residents, and particularly seniors, by contributing
thousands of dollars in scholarships over the years to CHA students and pioneering many CHA-related efforts such as the “Adopt-A-Build ing” program, establishing a food pantry and collecting thousands of canned goods for CHA seniors..

In nearly 23 years as a member of CHA’s Board, she has not missed a single meeting.

“I am humbled and greatly touched to have this building named after me,” Dr. Harris said. “I will continue to serve the residents of this
building to the best of my abilities.”

CHA CEO Tracey Scott called Dr. Harris a calming presence.

“I think she sees us all as her children,” CEO Scott said. “She’s been not just a fixture in this community, but a promoter, a mentor and
coach to so many. This is just a small way to honor her.”

Angela Hurlock, the CHA’s Board of Commissioners Chairperson, said:

“Congratulations, Commissioner Dr. Harris. This is another step in your amazing journey. You prove every day that you’re an amazing leader
and one of the most passionate people in your field. You have earned the spotlight to celebrate the moment.”

The dedication also marked the completion of a $4 million rehabilitation
project at the Dr. Mildred Harris Apartments. That work included roof replacement, plumbing upgrades, reconfiguring the first-floor common
area, elevator repair and modernization, the installation of a key fob system, new flooring, and electrical and laundry room upgrades.

That work was done under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)
program, which provides a more stable funding source to preserve public housing units and allows CHA to leverage external funds for improvements.

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