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Employer-assisted housing: 'The most gratifying of all programs I’ve been involved with'
On Nov. 7, I joined developers and other real estate professionals for the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority’s (WHEDA) multi-family housing conference. At a panel focused on workforce housing, I spoke about MPC’s EAH initiative, highlighting a few case studies in…
Affordable housing vs. workforce housing
Is “affordable housing” a bad word? Does “workforce housing” or “housing for the workforce” conjure a more desirable image than “affordable housing?” When MPC was project manager of the 1999 Regional Rental Market Analysis, focus groups and…
News, lessons from National Housing Conference-Center for Housing Policy symposium resonate in Illinois
Well, that whet my appetite! After the first day of the National Housing Conference-Center for Housing Policy “Partners in Innovation” symposium, I don’t know which I found more encouraging: The way Shelley Poticha kicked off the conference with frank and inspiring reflections on…
CVS Caremark Partners with Charter One Workforce Housing Initiative to Help CVS/pharmacy Employees in Chicago’s South Suburbs Buy Homes
  • Apr 30, 2010
Local CVS/pharmacy Employees Eligible for Down Payment Assistance and Home-Buying Counseling (Chicago) … At a Charter One Workforce Housing Initiative convening in Olympia Fields, to promote ways local employers can contribute to stable homeownership in the south suburbs, CVS Caremark, the…
South suburban employers gather for Charter One Workforce Housing Initiative convening
This post also appeared in the South Suburban News. The story was featured in Chicago Magazine's Deal Estate and in the Southtown Star. See photos of this event on MPC's flickr page. More than 60 south suburban employers and local officials gathered today for a Charter One Workforce Housing…
Tribune article highlights Lake Forest's 'model' housing plan and leadership of supportive employers
A fantastic Chicago Tribune article this Sunday, by Sharon Stangenes, led with the story of Carla Gardner, a 72-year-old lifelong North Shore resident who has been able to continue to live in Lake Forest thanks to the city’s efforts to balance its housing stock. Gardner, who raised three…
MPC to participate in national workforce housing forum
On Wednesday, Feb. 10, I will be in New York to participate in a panel discussion: Producing Affordable Employer-Assisted Housing – Where the Jobs Go to Sleep at Night. It’s part of the ULI Terwilliger Center’s Workforce Housing Forum. I will provide some examples of the role of…
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…
Linking Housing to Prosperity: Successes & Opportunities
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  • Oct 23, 2009
Listen to this recording of MPC's Oct. 23, 2009, roundtable featuring a panel discussion on local workforce housing successes and opportunities to shape federal investments to promote more livable communities. Panelists were Dorothy Shaw, director of state & local affairs for Northrop Grumman…
EPA, HUD and DOT announce interagency partnership to promote sustainable communities

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood, and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson have announced a new partnership to help American families gain better access to affordable housing, more transportation options, and lower transportation costs while protecting the environment.

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