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Inclusionary Housing Ordinance

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The amended Inclusionary Housing Ordinance (IHO) was adopted by the City Council on October 29, 2018.  The effective implementation date of this ordinance is January 1, 2019.  

The purpose of IHO is to promote public health, safety, and welfare of the residents of Evanston by requiring residential developments or developments which contain a residential component to include a certain percentage of dwelling units in a proposed development to be priced affordably for low and moderate income households or make a financial contribution to the Affordable Housing Fund in accordance with the terms of the adopted ordinance.

The Community Development Department staff will review all proposed residential projects and work with applicants to fulfill the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance requirements.

For further questions, please contact Sarah Flax at or 847-448-4311.

Centralized Waitlist

The City has partnered with Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH) to manage its centralized waitlist for affordable units provided through the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance.

If you are interested in getting on the waitlist, please complete the pre-application on CPAH's website. If you have questions, please contact CPAH at 847 263 7478 ext. 12

City of Evanston Waitlist Policies and Procedures

City of Evanston Annual Income Re-Verification Procedures

Developer Resources

City Of Evanston Inclusionary Housing Application

Affordable rental units provided through the City's Inclusionary Housing Ordinance must follow the gross rent and income limits posted annually on the Illinois Housing Development Authority's website. Below are the income and rent limits for this year. In affordable rental units, any utilities the tenants are responsible for must be deducted from the gross rents based on the utility allowances provided by the Housing Authority of Cook County.

2019 Chicago Metropolitan Area Gross Rents and Income Limits

2018 Housing Authority of Cook County Utility Allowance Schedule

Housing Finance Workshop Panel Presentation

The City of Evanston put together a panel of housing experts to provide a public presentation on housing finance and development on May 30, 2018. The panelists discussed the opportunities and challenges with developing multifamily rental and inclusionary housing. The PowerPoint presentation, event flyer and video can be accessed below.

Housing Finance Workshop PowerPoint Presentation

Housing Finance Workshop Panel Presentation Flyer