In stable, thriving communities
MPC is supporting Homes for a Changing Region, with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, by encouraging neighboring communities to work together.
MPC is providing direct technical assistance to help communities recognize and unleash the benefits of Interjurisdictional Collaboration, by working together across governmental borders to tackle shared growth and development challenges. With MPC's support, 35 communities around the region have leveraged more than $35 million in public and private investment for foreclosure recovery and community development needs.
Casa Kirk, Chicago
Through MPC's Employer-Assisted Housing initiative, since 2000, more than 2,500 employees in northeastern Illinois have received downpayment assistance from their employers to purchase homes closer to work. Nearly 4,000 employees in the region have benefitted from housing counseling and education because of MPC, and its model, which has been copied nationally.
Whistler Crossing, Riverdale
Another nationally watched initiative is a pilot with the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and eight regional housing authorities, including the Chicago Housing Authority, to increase the availability of quality housing options near good jobs, transit, schools, and amenities for those eligible for Housing Choice Vouchers and other rental assistance programs. This pilot builds on MPC's successful Regional Housing Initiative and Portability Pilot, and will quantify the savings to government and the benefits to families of this regional approach.
MPC is supporting Homes for a Changing Region, with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, by encouraging neighboring communities to work together to chart future demand and supply trends for housing, and create plans that provide a balanced housing supply and livable communities. In 2011 and 2012, Homes for a Changing Region worked with three clusters of communities in south, west, and northwest Cook County.