Housing & Grants Division
The City engages in a number of strategies to maintain and enhance a wide range of housing choices for both renters and buyers. A number of programs are designed to promote housing that is affordable for low, moderate and middle income households. Using federal and local funds, the City has provided financing for acquisition, new construction and rehabilitation of rental and owner-occupied housing.
Board and Committees
Housing and Homelessness Commission
In order to protect and promote the public health, safety, and welfare of the residents, the City Council established a Housing and Homelessness Commission (HHC) to provide for the planning, expansion, maintenance, conservation and rehabilitation of Evanston's housing stock. The Commission provides recommendations on funding and policies to carry out City Council priorities related to housing and homelessness.
Find information about HHC meetings, minutes and commission members on the commission's page.
Affordable Housing Steering Committee
The Affordable Housing Plan Steering Committee is composed of individuals appointed by the Mayor who represent a wide variety of perspectives and expertise with regard to housing needs in Evanston. The Steering Committee is responsible for overseeing the development of the City's Affordable Housing Plan.
Find information about the meetings, minutes and committee members on the committee's page.
Mental Health Board
Mental Health Board (MHB) is to protect and promote the mental health and welfare of all Evanston residents. The MHB reviews requests for funding from City of Evanston Human Services Fund from service providers and recommends funding for programs and services that address the needs of the City's at-risk residents who are unable to meet basic needs or access mainstream services without assistance. Services can include, but are not limited to: treatment for mental health, treatment for substance abuse issues, and access to basic human needs.
The City of Evanston is committed to ensuring fair and equal housing opportunities for all Evanston residents and to addressing housing discrimination. Below are City ordinances related to housing rights:
- Evanston’s Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance
- Evanston's Fair Housing Ordinance - amended effective July 26, 2014. Landlords are encouraged to review Title 5, Chapter 5 “Fair Housing," which adds gender identity and source of income as protected classes.
Additional information about Fair Housing may be found in the City’s Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.