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 defines which solutions should be implemented when and where, where funding will be sought, and when we should start to see what kind of results.
We are hoping to see the Affordable Housing Plan Steering Committee start to move forward from exploration of these solutions to planning and commitment to action in its next meeting. We believe that community outreach is the next step. We would like to see that outreach focus on what types of solutions will work best in the different geographic areas of the City and among the different segments of residents in the community based on socio-economic status, race, age, household size, etc.
People ask what we want to see in the plan--here are some ideas:
Fix City-controlled zoning and processes that make affordability more difficult:
Implement supportive programs for landlords of affordable rental units:
Implement supportive programs for lower income home-owners:
Support the development/preservation of affordable housing:
Support low-income people with housing cost-burden:
Find new revenue for affordable housing and housing programs: