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 incentivize more on-site affordable units and assess new funding streams for the Affordable Housing Fund; passing an amended version of the IHO (approved by City Council on October 29, 2018); allowing the rental of coach houses to non-family members (approved by City Council on April 23, 2018); 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 (approved by City Council on March 12, 2018), establishing an intergovernmental agreement with Evanston Township High School for the Geometry in Construction program (approved by City Council on April 30, 2018), and reviewing City code to allow for the creation of new accessory dwelling units and small lot housing. In addition, City Council engaged in initial discussions around a rental subsidy program, leveraging City land for affordable housing development, rooming houses and changes to the three-unrelated occupancy rule.
Furthermore, City Council held quarterly meetings to discuss updates on affordable housing activities on January 29th, April 30th, July 30th, and October 29th. At its meeting on October 29th, City Council approved Mayor Hagerty’s appointments to a Steering Committee that will oversee the development of an affordable housing plan for the City. Its first meeting is scheduled for January 29, 2019. For more information, please visit the Steering Committee's page.