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Sorting Out Local Affordable Housing Community Input Efforts

Discussions about affordable housing abound in our community, which is a great thing. Also great is the desire of groups working on the issue to get input from across the community. However, there are so many community outreach efforts going on, that it can be a bit confusing. I have listed the efforts that we know about below. As we are involved in some of ...

What Could Evanston Do about the Lack of Affordable Housing?

City of Evanston staff came up with a great list of ideas to address the affordable housing crisis in Evanston back in 2017 (see their White Paper ). We have added to it below, with just some of the ideas we have drawn from research. There are LOTS of solutions. But it all starts with planning--a list of solutions is not the answer. We need a plan that def...

The Case for Density

Every quarter, the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development's (HUD's) Office of Policy Development & Research publishes a periodical called Evidence Matters . This spring's edition, called "Regulatory Barriers and Affordable Housing," is particularly enlightening, and I'm including a link to it here . I have abstracted some of the key point...

Progress on Affordable Housing Planning in Evanston

On July 30, the City of Evanston housing staff announced that they are embarking on an affordable housing planning process. The documentation they provided for the meeting is on pages 189 through 191 of the packet for the Board meeting . Some of the things we particularly like about this plan include the following: It will make use of the research that...

Defining the Affordable Housing Need

In the discussions that Joining Forces has been having among its members, one of the key issues is the definition of "affordable housing." This is important, because the answer is different for different people, and to address the overall need, we need to include solutions for all the subsets of need in our planning. "Affordable housing" is considered to be...

"Our Homes, Chicago" and Suburban Cook County

On June 28, the Chicago Housing Initiative (CHI) launched a campaign called Our Home, Chicago . Highlighting support from several Chicago aldermen, the campaign included a press release , press conference, social media blitz, and several articles in the Chicago Tribune . Even more impressive, CHI worked with aldermen to create and propose two ordinances, ...