Here are the goals that Joining Forces for Affordable Housing will be focusing on in 2023:
Anchor Institutions Project
Our goal is to increase the tangible resources that Evanston’s “anchor institutions” contribute towards increasing the supply of affordable housing. We will do this by creating an alliance of anchor institutions that collaborate to create a significant fund specifically for use in creating housing and/or providing housing subsidies.
Equitable Zoning Project
Our goal is to reform Evanston’s zoning code to support the creation and preservation of affordable housing as a way of creating racial and socio-economic equity and decreasing segregation. We will do this by rolling out the results of our equitable zoning review and the community feedback we have collected and engaging the City in using the results as input into short-term zoning decisions and long-term zoning reform.
Inclusionary Zoning and the 3-Unrelated Rule
Our goal is to support current, popular efforts to make some immediate changes to local zoning that will support increases in affordaiblity. We will do this by participating in efforts to strengthen inclusionary zoning in Evanston, establish it in other municipalities, and remove the set of ordinances that comprise Evanston’s “3-unrelated rule.”
Our goal is to increase the State of Illinois budget for housing- and homelessness-related line items and to have the state legislature pass pro-affordable-housing legislation including improvements to the Affordable Housing Planning and Appeals Act. We will do this by collaborating with partner advocacy organizations and by leveraging the advocacy energy of Joining Forces’ membership, community partners, and program participants.
Communications & Education
Our goal is to increase the size and engagement of Joining Forces’ membership, while increasing community understanding and activism around the need for affordable housing and the solutions to addressing the shortage. We will do this by creating a more substantial infrastructure for communications, including member recruitment and stewardship functions along with a robust community education program.
People with Lived Experience
Our goal is to incorporate the experiences and voices of people with lived experience of housing struggles in all efforts to increase the supply of affordable housing. We will do this by engaging with participants in Connections’ programs and with members of the communities whom we reach through our new relationships with community partners who have roots deep in the communities most impacted by the affordable housing shortage.