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.
Affordable Housing & Homeless Resources
A comprehensive contacts list of local housing options and agencies that provide affordable housing, public housing and housing for seniors and those with special needs .In 2018, City Council established expanding affordable housing options in Evanston as one of its goals. Council has since moved several activities forward to further this goal. These activities include: establishing an Inclusionary Housing Ordinance (IHO) Subcommittee to revise the City’s IHO in order to incentiveize more on-site affordable units and assess new funding streams for the Affordable Housing Fund; passing an amended version of the IHO ; allowing the rental of coach houses to non-family members; creating a Landlord Rehabilitation Assistance Program to assist landlords with repairs through an agreement with the City to maintain rental units as affordable for a specified amount of time, establishing an intergovernmental agreement with Evanston Township High School for the Geometry in Construction program, and reviewing City code to allow for the creation of new accessory dwelling units and small lot housing.
Housing & Homelessness Commission
In order to protect and promote the public health, safety, and welfare of the residents, the City Council establishes a Housing and Homelessness Commission ("Commission") to provide for the planning, expansion, maintenance, conservation and rehabilitation of Evanston's housing stock. The Commission shall also work to maintain and expand affordable housing for Evanston's low, moderate, and middle income residents. The Commission will be responsive to needs for change in housing related matters to maintain a diverse residential environment throughout the community and to combat homelessness. The Commission will provide recommendations on funding and policies to carry out City Council priorities related to housing and homelessness.
The purpose of the Mental Health Board ("Board") is to protect and promote the mental health and welfare of all City of Evanston residents. The Board reviews service providers requesting grants from the City of Evanston Human Services Fund and develops fund recommendations 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 promoting non-discrimination and ensuring fair and equal housing opportunities for all Evanston residents. Below are City ordinances related to housing rights:
- Evanston’s Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance
- Evanston's Fair Housing Ordinance - Recently amended and went into effect on 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.