Chicago offers national model for housing opportunity
For decades, our region has grappled with concentrated poverty and a lack of housing choices for low-income families. To address this, MPC, Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) and eight regional housing authorities created a collaborative called the Regional Housing Initiative (RHI) to support affordable and mixed-income housing developments in communities near transit, jobs and schools.
Since 2002, RHI has created more than 400 apartments in 28 strong communities around the region. Since 2011, a combined regional waiting list, voucher portability and mobility counseling have ensured that voucher holders are "moving up" into these opportunity-rich communities. Now, the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development is ready to replicate Chicagoland's strategy around the nation.
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