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Regional Housing Initiative: RHI for Developers

Creating opportunity in Chicagoland—and around the nation.

What is RHI?

The housing crisis and recession have led many more households to seek apartments and single-family homes for rent in the suburbs. Yet the availability of affordable rental homes in areas with good job opportunities, transportation options and quality schools is falling far short of demand in metropolitan Chicago. Adjusting to this “new normal,” suburban communities are seeking smart strategies for attracting quality developers and property managers that ensure rental homes—whether new or rehabilitated—are an asset to the community and meet the needs of working families. 

The Regional Housing Initiative (RHI) is a one-of-a-kind partnership between eight regional housing authorities in northeastern Illinois, the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), and MPC. Participating housing authorities pool a portion of their available rental assistance to provide long-term support for the rehabilitation or construction of multifamily, affordable rental homes in great communities across the region.  

RHI helps to create affordable rental housing where shortages are particularly severe—typically in areas with good jobs, transportation options, and quality public education—and that meet the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus’ Housing Endorsement Criteria. The initiative actively seeks out and subsidizes developments located in low-poverty, high-opportunity communities or in communities undergoing reinvestment and redevelopment that would benefit from increased housing stability.

Why RHI?
How to apply

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), as part of implementing GO TO 2040’s recommendation for increasing the range of housing options, particularly options that promote housing affordability in areas near transit, is coordinating the RHI application process in 2015-2016. Please visit this link to learn more about how to apply for RHI subsidies with CMAP or contact Jonathan Burch at

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BRicK Partners, LLC
Chicago Housing Authority
City of Chicago Dept. of Community Development
Chicago Housing Authority
DuPage Housing Authority
Housing Authority of Cook County
Housing Choice Partners
Illinois Housing Development Authority
Joliet Housing Authority
Lake County Housing Authority
McHenry County Housing Authority
Oak Park Housing Authority
RAND Corporation
Waukegan Housing Authority
Partnership for New Communities
U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development