affordable housing

Regional Housing Partnership: A Housing Blueprint for the Chicago Region

This is an image of keys over a blueprint for a house

The foreclosure crisis impacted the Chicago suburbs as well as the city center, but many municipalities lacked the resources and infrastructure to respond effectively to the crisis. While many funding opportunities arose to address the negative effects of foreclosures, smaller municipalities historically had trouble accessing federal funds in the face of competition from major cities that had the resources to find and apply for grants and comply with their requirements.

Comment Letter to the Department of Housing and Urban Development to Strengthen Regulations for Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

This comment letter supports the proposed improvements to regulations that carry out the Fair Housing Act’s requirement to ensure that all federal agencies administer their programs relating to housing and community development in a manner that affirmatively furthers fair housing.  It urges HUD to strengthen the rule by creating an appeals process for Assessments of Fair Housing, requiring program participants to consider regional fair housing needs, and improving transparency of fair housing goals. 

Regional HOPI Plenary investigates different ways of combating foreclosure crisis, looks to the future

At the Regional Home Ownership Preservation Initiative (RHOPI) 2010 Annual Plenary on July 15, more than 80 representatives from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors came together to hear leading practitioners explain how they are meeting those challenges—and worked together to come up with proposals to address persistent problems.

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Energy-efficient mobile home proposal would create jobs

Written by Tom Feltner on January 25, 2010 - 12:00am

Illinois has currently has about 150,000 units of manufactured homes, representing about 3 percent of the state’s housing stock.  Of those, over half were built prior to 1980.  More than 2 million Americans, often elderly and people with disabilities, live in homes built prior to the national code for manufactured housing established in 1976. They have the highest energy burden and least resources to replace their homes.

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