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What is happening in Evanston?

Expanding affordable housing options is one of the five City Council goals for 2019–2020.

The City's Affordable Housing Steering Committee is engaging residents and community members in a dialogue about local housing needs and ideas on how to address them through individual interviews, small group discussions, and community events.

Whether you are a renter, a homeowner, a long time resident, or recently arrived in our community, we want to hear from you! 

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Add your voice to shape Evanston's action to provide more housing options, affordability, and to address other housing related challenges. Find out about community meetings and discussions.

Why are we talking about Housing Affordability?

A few Evanston Housing facts

housing affordability means paying less than 30 percent of income

40percent of residents pay more than a third of their income

1 in 2 Evanston Households earns less than $75,000 a year.

 Housing and professions facts for residents earning less than 31000 dollars  housing fact for resident earning between 31000 and 50000 dollars  Housing and professions facts for residents earning between 50000 and 65000 dollars

Sources: 2012-2016 CHAS data, 2018-2019 data from M.L.S, 2019 I.H.D.A. data, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Statistics- Chicago Metro Area.

Redlining and housing opportunities

The City of Evanston is committed to being the most livable city in America for all its residents. Maintaining our economic, racial and ethnic diversity is crucial to preserving our community’s vibrancy and character.

Evanston recognizes and acknowledges that policies and practices, including redlining, have resulted in discrimination and racial injustice.

Finding innovative ways to address these and other issues through housing policies is one of the goals of the AHP Steering Committee. Incorporating a wide range of housing for all income levels throughout ALL neighborhoods of Evanston, is one possible way to make our community more inclusive, and less economically and racially segregated.

Affordability and housing supply: The "Missing Middle"

Housing affordability affects a wide range of Evanston residents, from low to middle income residents , of all age ranges, who have challenges finding housing that meets their needs in their price range.

The current housing supply does not match the demand. This is what has recently been coined the "missing middle housing".

Few of the more affordable types of housing that used to be common in Evanston, such as modest bungalows, duplexes/triplexes, row houses, have not been developed in the last several decades, due in part to the increase in house size, and to zoning that often allows only single family homes on relatively large lots, resulting in higher cost per unit.

The reduction in household sizes have also expanded the need for smaller, less costly housing.

Missing Middle Housing Diagram

What can we do about it?

The Affordable Housing Plan Steering Committee invites you to be part of the solution! Please explore the following pages and gives us your input below.

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To dive deeper and read more about the housing challenges and solutions, check out our "Housing Resource Library".