Building Our Future Chicago


While economists have declared that the recession has ended, we know that in our neighborhoods, the effects of the housing market collapse and economic recession are still resonating for many families and in many homes throughout Chicago.

Recently we announced plans to hold a series of leadership meetings with community based-organizations to share concerns and develop strategies to elevate public policies that are practice-based and community-directed. We face these challenges and opportunities amidst a changing leadership in our City.


BUILDING OUr FUTURE CHICAGO: OUR SHARED VISION

The Building Our Future Chicago Platform is our shared vision for Chicago. Drawn from the collective experience and expertise of the nonprofit development industry and community-based organizations, our platform completes our vision for the future success and vitality of our City.

This document is the final piece of our Building Our Future Chicago Toolkit. Released in three parts over the last several months, the toolkit is a series of data sets and information aimed at empowering residents, decision-makers and policy leaders with the tools and information to support and strengthen public policies that serve the needs of those who need it most.


The Toolkit

The data and information in this toolkit can be used to help foster dialogue and discussions among neighbors, organizations, and fellow residents of Chicago about what your communities need and educate new and emerging City leaders on the role of housing as crucial and foundational for healthy and stable communities.

DOWNLOAD THE FULL TOOLKIT [15MB PDF] 

Parts of the toolkit can also be downloaded separately below.


Release No. 1 -  Overview, CITY SNAPSHOTS, HOUSING AND POPULATION data 

  1. An Overview and Snapshot of the City of Chicago Housing and Economic Data

  2. City Snapshots: Data on key trends for Chicago's 19 PUMAs, including:

  3. Summary and Analysis of Key Trends


Release No. 2 - Household Instability Increases Dramatically-Chicago At Risk 

Nearly half of all Chicago households spend too much on housing, according to the most recent American Community Survey data from the U. S. Census. More than 472,000 households in the entire city are at risk, with insufficient income to pay for transportation, education, health care, and other essential items.

Read More and Download - Housing Cost Burden  


RELEASE NO. 3 - we NEED THE PEOPLE WHO NEED AFFORDABLE HOUSING  

For Chicago’s residents and our workforce, the ability to locate and sustain housing that is affordable relative to their incomes is the first foundation for stability in employment and healthy communities. Growing and retaining Chicago’s job base is crucial for the economic health of the City and its neighborhoods. The development and preservation of affordable housing not only gives workers and employers access to affordable housing, but it also provides the economic engine that supports the vitality of the region and its ongoing economic recovery.

READ MORE AND DOWNLOAD THE LATEST TOOLKIT RELEASE - HOUSING AND the eCONOMY


If you have questions or need any assistance, please contact CRN at 312-663-3936. 

 



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