Woodstock Institute’s Housing Accessibility/Aging in Place Comments on Chicago 5-year Housing Plan

 

  1. What key issues or concerns should the City consider as it establishes priorities and objectives for citywide housing needs over the next five years?

Accessible housing for seniors, people with disabilities, and visitors.

 

  1. Briefly recommend how the City can address one or more of the issues mentioned above.

To increase accessible housing: modify zoning code to allow accessory dwelling units, assisted living facilities, and condos/rentals in SFH areas; beef up requirements and incentives for accessible/universal design construction; expand MOPD home modification program; and adopt a CAPABLE program with a hospital in an LMI area.

To increase options for homeowners to make accessible home mods: City Treasurer should add criteria for municipal deposits, such as offering a safe and affordable HECM, HELOC, &/or non-collateralized home repair loan.

 

 

  1. To the extent feasible, identify anticipated costs or requirements needed to implement the recommendation and potential sources of funding or resources.

 

Accessibility: Modify zoning code to allow accessory dwelling units, assisted living facilities, and condos/rentals in SFH areas; consider a “Visitability” requirement – no cost to City, less population loss. Beef up requirements and incentives for accessible/universal design construction-no cost, less population loss. Expand MOPD home modification program-upfront costs, but long-term savings and less population loss. HUD/CDBG could fund. Adopt a CAPABLE program with a hospital in an LMI area or large LMI patient population-upfront costs, but long-term savings and less population loss. Hospital/Medicaid could fund.

 

Dory Rand, President

Woodstock Institute

29 E. Madison, Suite 1710

Chicago, IL 60602

www.woodstockinst.org

(312) 368-0310

drand@woodstockinst.org

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