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Chicago modeling livable communities
This letter ran 4/13/2010 in the Chicago Tribune. For years, we’ve known that many local workers – the proverbial teachers, nurses and firefighters, plus dozens of other professionals – cannot afford to purchase a home in metropolitan Chicago (“Make less than $62k?…
It's in business's best interest to back affordable housing
This op-ed by MPC President MarySue Barrett ran in Crain's Chicago Business on Nov. 16, 2009 Across the Chicago area, local government officials are hearing increasingly from employers that maintaining homes affordable to their workers isn't a maybe — it's a must. One might be surprised to…
City of Lockport adopts employer-assisted housing

The City of Lockport will launch an EAH initiative that includes a matching fund for area employees whose companies offer an EAH benefit, and a measure to assist with the purchase of previously foreclosed homes.

The Creative City: Keeping Chicago Vibrant and Viable

Bob McNulty of the Partners for Livable Communities spoke to a sold-out crowd at MPC’s first 2009 roundtable, “The Creative City: Keeping Chicago Vibrant and Viable.”

Goal-Driven, Right-Sized and Coordinated: Federal Investment Reform for the 21st Century
In the midst of an unprecedented economic downturn, community, civic, government, nonprofit and foundation leaders across metropolitan Chicago are planting encouraging seeds of innovation. MPC has released a white paper documenting some of those innovative local efforts, and is seeking more examples to further build the case for federal investment reform.
MPC and the National Housing Conference's Center for Housing Policy discuss housing and transportation policy coordination with local leaders in Minneapolis and Atlanta
Informing new HUD/DOT commitment for interagency coordination, industry leaders explore what's needed on the ground and from DC to promote sustainable communities.
Mount Prospect named Best Place in America to Raise Kids
BusinessWeek has recognized northwest suburban Mount Prospect, one of MPC’s employer-assisted housing partners, as an affordable and safe community with a great public education system.
National Employer-Assisted Housing
MPC assistance leads to new employer-assisted housing programs around the country.
Local efforts aim to bridge the best of both worlds
Growing numbers of mayors are working across boundaries to meet local housing needs.
New Data Quantifies Benefits of Employer-Assisted Housing
Analysis of Milwaukee hospital data shows that EAH participants are long-term, high-performing employees.

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