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Regional Housing Initiative: Creating Opportunity in Chicagoland
For decades, our region has grappled with concentrated poverty and a lack of housing choices for low-income families. To address this, MPC, Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) and eight regional housing authorities created a collaborative called the Regional Housing Initiative (RHI) to support affordable and mixed-income housing developments in communities near transit, jobs centers, quality schools and amenities.
Since 2002, RHI has created more than 400 apartments in 28 strong communities around the region. Since 2011, a combined regional waiting list, voucher portability and mobility counseling have ensured that voucher holders are “moving up” into these opportunity-rich communities. Now, the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development is ready to replicate Chicagoland’s strategy around the nation.