Joining Forces focuses on a range of issues related to local, regional and state affordable housing needs and barriers.
Joining Forces advocates on the following policy issues:
We advocate against exclusionary zoning and fight for zoning that encourages and supports affordability. Learn more about our work on zoning reform and consider joining our Zoning Committee!
As policy issues come under scrutiny, we advocate around their impact on a municipality’s ability to create more affordability. Current policy issues we are working on include:
Each year we advocate for bills that will support increased affordability, and sometimes we even help to write and negotiate bills. Learn more about our state-level work and consider joining our State Policy Committee.
As new opportunities to create affordability arise in our region, we support them through YIMBY (Yes, In My Back Yard) advocacy. We continuously engage in community education to correct misinformation about affordable housing and answer questions from people who want to support affordable housing but are concerned about NIMBY (Not in My Back Yard) viewpoints they hear from opponents of affordable housing.
Learn more about our YIMBY work and consider joining our YIMBY Committee!
Funding for Affordable Housing
We advocate for municipalities and the State of Illinois to increase the funding they allocate to affordable housing measures every year. Learn more about the State of Illinois budget, and consider joining our State Policy Committee.
RLTO in Evanston
The City of Evanston is considering a new ordinance to protect tenant rights. It includes a “Just Cause” section that will require landlords to have substantial and well-defined reasons for evicting a tenant or refusing to renew the lease.
Housing Advocacy in the Northwest Suburbs
If you live or work in the Northwest suburbs, you may be interested in a new effort to create a new advocacy coalition—possibly a Northwest chapter of Joining Forces!