Category Archives: Housing

Chicago’s Troubled Buildings Initiative: Building Stable and Safe Blocks for Families

This post, in our series featuring Chicago’s Troubled Buildings Initiative (TBI), winner of the 2016 ULI Larson Housing Award, focuses on a block of single-family homes in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood that was successfully rehabilitated using TBI. West Humboldt Park is one of the designated areas within the Chicago’s Micro Market Recovery Program (MMRP) where the City is working with a partner agency, the Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS), to facilitate the rehabilitation and reuse of vacant, deteriorating homes. NHS serves as a receiver for 1-4 unit residential buildings being rehabilitated through … Read More

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Chicago’s Troubled Buildings Initiative: Turning Around Neighborhoods One Building at A Time

This post, in our series featuring Chicago’s Troubled Buildings Initiative (TBI), winner of the 2016 ULI Larson Housing Award, focuses on a typical multi-family residential building that was successfully rehabilitated via TBI. Community Investment Corporation (CIC), one of the City’s implementation partners for TBI, played a key role in turning around a 17-unit multi-family building at 3550 W. Franklin in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. This originally rental property had been fraudulently converted to condominiums and was in serious disrepair, making it too expensive and time-consuming for a private developer to … Read More

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Discussing Housing Sub-markets in the Chicago Region


Housing markets are defined by a combination of many different socio-economic and physical factors that often transcend jurisdictional boundaries. To identify areas with similar housing characteristics across the seven-county region, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) have partnered with the Institute for Housing Studies (IHS) to develop a housing model based on factors such as age and quality of housing stock, and education and income levels of residents. The purpose of the housing model is to reveal patterns of similarities as … Read More

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2016 Larson Housing Award Winner: City of Chicago’s Troubled Buildings Initiative

Winner of the 2016 ULI Larson Award for Leadership in Housing Policy, Chicago’s Troubled Buildings Initiative (TBI) is an innovative, inter-departmental program that is leveraging community partnerships to prevent neighborhood blight while improving housing options in low and moderate income neighborhoods across the City. Through TBI, the City is stabilizing buildings that pose a threat to the health and safety of residents and the neighborhood because of their deteriorated physical condition and/or poor management. Video Clip: How Troubled Buildings Initiative Works   Since its inception in 2004, TBI has turned … Read More

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City of Chicago Housing Initiative Selected As Winner of ULI’s 2016 Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Award

Larson Award Winners. 2016 ULI Fall Meeting, Dallas Texas

ULI PRESS RELEASE DALLAS (October 27, 2016) – The City of Chicago’s Troubled Building Initiative was selected by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Terwilliger Center for Housing as the winner of the 2016 Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Award, an annual recognition of the innovative ways the public sector is addressing the country’s affordable housing crisis. The Chicago initiative, honored last night during a ceremony at the ULI Fall Meeting in Dallas, was chosen by a jury of national housing industry leaders. The housing initiative was selected from a … Read More

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MacArthur Foundation to Provide $25 Million to Finance Energy Efficiency Upgrades in Multi-Family Housing


MacArthur committed $25 million to support and expand innovative energy efficiency financing programs specifically designed to meet the challenges and needs of multifamily housing in the United States. The announcement coincides with the White House event highlighting a new report on the potential of impact investing, “Private Capital, Public Good: How Smart Federal Policy can Galvanize Impact Investing—and Why It’s Urgent.” MacArthur’s impact investments will help to reduce significantly carbon footprints for some of the country’s least energy efficient buildings and make housing more affordable for low-income families, seniors, and individuals … Read More

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ULI Chicago Panel Recommends Affordable Housing Strategies to City of Aurora


ULI CHICAGO PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, please contact Cynthia McSherry, Executive Director, ULI Chicago, 773-549-4972, CHICAGO (February 21, 2014) – The Urban Land Institute Chicago (ULI Chicago) has released a report with recommendations to improve affordable housing options in Aurora as a result of a two-day technical assistance panel convened in July of last year in partnership with the Metropolitan Planning Council. The 11-member expert panel, chaired by Lynn Ross, Executive Director of ULI’s Terwilliger Center for Housing, interviewed over 70 local stakeholders in … Read More

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Social Impact Design, Keynote Discussion, Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute

Join Enterprise Community Partners for the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute opening night keynote discussion, Social Impact Design.  Together, the panelists and audience will explore how design can contribute to improved health outcomes and stronger neighborhoods. Keynote Speaker:  Robert Ivy, President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Panelists:  2013 winner of the AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award for Design Excellence in Affordable Housing and the 2013 winner of the Richard H. Driehaus Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design Tuesday, July 23, 2013 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Chicago Cultural … Read More

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New Report Says Supply of Affordable Rental Housing Not Kept Pace with Demand


According to a newly released report from the Institute for Housing Studies, the supply of rental housing affordable to lower-income households in Chicago and suburban Cook County has not kept up with the growing demand. Between 2007 and 2011, the gap between the supply of and demand for such affordable rental housing in the City of Chicago increased by eight percent. In suburban Cook County, this affordability gap increased by more than 25 percent during the same period. The newest release of The State of Rental Housing examines this and … Read More

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The Preservation Compact releases “Preserving Chicagoland’s Future” a report on 2012 activities


From 2005 to 2011, ULI and ULI Chicago coordinated The Preservation Compact activities.  Paul Shadle, ULI Chicago Chair, continues to serve on the Compact Leadership Committee and ULI supports the mission and goals of the organization.  ULI Chicago will provide periodic updates to keep current on the organization’s ongoing work. The Preservation Compact is implementing strategies to address ongoing losses in the region’s affordable rental housing stock and  their 2012 report Preserving Chicagoland’s Future describes the growing demand for rental housing, provides a snapshot of Cook County’s renters and rental … Read More

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