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Progress Report on City of Evanston Affordable Housing Efforts

We went through the strategies that the City staff presented in their White Paper (see pages 16 - 22) at the first of the Evanston City Council's special meetings on affordable housing (October 30, 2017) and did a quick evaluation of status. The Good News The Council and staff are making progress where they can and are moving the ball forward. The gree...

Advocating for an Affordable Housing Plan

Why a Plan Is Needed The main questions that Evanston aldermen have had so far around development of an Affordable Housing Plan have been: Why do we need a plan? Who should create the plan? When should a planning process begin? Our arguments for why a plan is needed, who should create it, and when they should create it are documented here . ...

Why Evanston Needs an Affordable Housing Plan

On April 30, the Evanston City Council held its third quarterly meeting focused on affordable housing. The City's housing staff reported on the work they had done since the last meeting, and Council referred further investigation of several potential actions to the Planning & Development Committee. So, progress was made....until Alderman Revelle recomme...

Letter to Evanston Council in Prep for April 30 Meeting

Here is the letter that Joining Forces has sent to the Evanston City Council in preparation for their upcoming quarterly meeting on affordable housing, scheduled for April 30. There have been lots of behind-the-scenes conversations over the last quarter, many that Joining Forces has been involved in and, encouragingly, many that we have not been involved in!...

Affordable Units Slipping Through Our Fingers

Evanston's Zoning Board of Appeals met last night (April 17) and overrode the Design & Project Review Committee's recommendation to approve, with inclusion of one affordable unit on-site (for a person at 60% of the AMI), the development of a new 12-unit rental building at 3233-3249 Central called Highlands on Central. After much discussion about the aff...

Wilmette Setting the Pace

On April 10, the Village of Wilmette voted unanimously to approve Cleland Place, a new, 16-unit affordable apartment building. You can read more about Cleland Place here: Cleland Place Info Flyer.pdf . The following is the thank you letter that Joining Forces has sent to the Wilmette Village Trustees and Plan Commission members. Thanks as well to all of yo...

"Learn More" Article Archive

Article Title/Link Author Source Housing Advocacy Needs Housing Voters Michael Fogelberg Shelterforce , March 2, 2018 Impact of Affordable Housing on Families and Communities: A Review of the Evidence Base Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. Enterprise Community Partners, 2014 9 Foundations Launch Housing Collaborative Donna Kimura A...

Action Needed on IHO

The City of Evanston's Inclusionary Housing Ordinance (IHO) Sub-Committee has not met since February 7, and no new meetings are on the calendar. In the meantime, several new real estate developments are under negotiation under the provisions of the current IHO. City staff is successfully negotiating with the developers to include affordable units on-site in ...

Hope for Affordable Housing in Wilmette

Hope for Affordable Housing in Wilmette ACTION NEEDED: Come to the Village of Wilmette Board of Trustees meeting on April 10 at 7:30 to speak in favor of Cleland Place! Summary of Commission Meetint--Recommendation to Approve At the Village of Wilmette's Plan Commission meeting on March 7, the Commissioners voted 4 to 1 to approve development of a ...

City Staff Promoting On-Site Units through IHO

Based on information in the packets for the following two developments, City of Evanston staff is consistently advocating that developers include the full number of on-site units in new buildings. It looks like there may be one or two areas where we want to advocate for stricter adherence, but overall, they are moving in a very good direction! 3233-3249 Ce...

Evanston Affordable Housing Efforts

Evanston City Council had its most recent quarterly Affordable Housing meeting on January 29. Key Decisions: The City will move forward with legalizing the rental of ancillary dwelling units (like coach houses and above-garage units) to non-family members. They will continue to refine their proposal for a pilot Landlord Rehab Assistance Program. Poi...

Comprehensive Evanston Plan

Comprehensive Evanston Plan The City of Evanston has the following plans (among others), most of which are out of date: Comprehensive Plan, done in 2000 Affordable Housing Plan, done in 2009 Plan to End Homelessness, done in 2012 At the same time, the City is having to make many decisions about development. Joining Forces asked that City...

Awaiting the IHO Committee

New IHO Committee Still Being Appointed At its special meeting on affordable housing on October 30, the Evanston City Council decided to form an ad hoc committee that would start the process of overhauling the City's Inclusionary Housing Ordinance. The following aldermen agreed to serve on the committee: Judy Fiske Ann Rainey Eleanor Revelle Don W...

601 Davis St. Vermilion Project

Vermilion Enterprises has proposed to develop a 318-unit building at 601 Davis Street in Evanston. Under the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, they would be required to include 31 affordable units on-site or pay $3.1 million into the City's Affordable Housing Fund. Instead, they have proposed to include 4 units on-site and make a $1.5 million dollar payment to...