Reinvestment Alert 13: Low-Income Home Buying on the Rise in Chicago Area

Malcolm Bush and Cynthia Bianchi

Between 1990 and 1996 there was a large increase in the number of lower-income home buyers in the Chicago region. This good news is tempered by the facts of where these households were able to purchase homes. Most of them bought in Chicago and suburban Cook County. Unless lower-income buyers have a choice of homes throughout the six-county region, they will not gain the full benefits of homeownership.