Research

Effective advocacy rests on research: to advocate sound policies we must have a clear understanding of the overall housing environment, of how existing housing programs are working in Chicago and Illinois and of what policies work in cities around the country. 


March 2016 - CRN Releases Extended Housing Fact Sheets for Chicago Community Areas

These fact sheets continue the release of the third edition of CRN's Affordable Housing Fact Book, reporting changes in housing and quality of life indicators in every Chicago Community Area.  With the support of Allstate, the 2013 Community Area Fact Sheets have been expanded to include detailed demographic profiles and built environment indicators.

Albany Park
Archer Heighs
Armour Square
Ashburn
Ashburn Gresham
Austin
Avalon Park
Avondale
Belmont Cragin
Beverly
Bridgeport
Brighton Park
Burnside
Calumet Heights
Chatham
Chicago Lawn
Clearing
Douglas
Dunning
East Garfield Park
East Side
Edgewater
Edison Park
Englewood
Forest Glen
Fuller Park
Gage Park
Garfield Ridge
Grand Boulevard
Greater Grand Crossing
Hegewisch
Hermosa
Humboldt Park
Hyde Park
Irving Park
Jefferson Park
Kenwood
Lakeview
Lincoln Park
Lincoln Square
Logan Square
Lower West Side
McKinley Park
Montclare
Morgan Park
Mount Greenwood
Near North Side
Near South Side
Near West Side
New City
North Center
North Lawndale
North Park
Norwood Park
Oakland
O'Hare
Portage Park
Roseland
South Chicago
South Deering
South Lawndale
South Shore
The Loop
Uptown
Washington Heights
Washington Park
West Elsdon
West Englewood
West Garfield Park
West Lawn
West Pullman
West Ridge
West Town
Woodlawn 

Extended Affordable Housing Fact Book  


May 2015 - CRN Releases Housing Fact Sheets for 102 Illinois Counties

These fact sheets continue the release of the third edition of CRN's Affordable Housing Fact Book, reporting changes in housing and quality of life indicators from 2000 to 2010 in every county in Illinois.

County-based Fact Sheet Book, featuring subject matter testimony presented to the Illinois House Committee on Economic Development and Housing May 20, 2015 

Not sure what county you're in?  Look it up here



January 2015 - CRN Releases Housing Fact Sheets using new Chicago Ward Boundaries.  

The method, developed in our longstanding partnership with the Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood Improvement, analyzed data from the 2010 Census using the new ward boundaries.  To show neighborhood level change, trends are reflected from a comparison to 2000 data using 2015 ward boundaries.

Don't know what ward you're in?  Check with the Chicago Board of Elections. 

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All Wards 

Ward-Based Fact Sheet Book

Here are answers to some Frequently Asked Questions.


Effective advocacy rests on research: to advocate sound policies we must have a clear understanding of the overall housing environment, of how existing housing programs are working in Chicago and Illinois and of what policies work in cities around the country.

 

CRN’s research initiatives stretch back to the early 1980s when we commissioned a study of existing property tax transfer programs in order to inform the development of the Tax Reactivation Program, and five years later when we commissioned another study to analyze its effectiveness in bringing tax delinquent properties back to the tax roles as affordable housing.

Research informed our 1993 Affordable Housing and Community Jobs Campaign, both in identifying new creative sources for the city to tap to stretch its housing goals, and in convincing the city of the need to do so, with the publication of the first Affordable Housing Fact Book.

CRN’s priority research initiatives have included:

  • 2003 Affordable Housing Fact Book: data profiles of Chicago’s 77 community areas and 50 wards, all 102 Illinois counties and 50 Illinois municipalities. Order a copy of the print version, download individual fact sheets or query our database
  • Section 8 Preservation Tracking: CRN tracks the status of section 8 properties throughout Chicago and Illinois, evaluates properties at high risk of conversion to market rate housing and runs reports for legislators and advocates to keep the informed of properties with expiring contracts in their communities
  • Present Realities, Future Prospects: Low Income Housing Tax Credit Properties: an analysis of operating costs, rental incomes and vacancy rates for over 170 tax credit properties in Chicago. This study was undertaken to evaluate the health of Chicago’s portfolio of low income housing tax credit properties and identify factors that support or undermine their long term sustainability. View the Report Summary here.
  • Chicago Metro CDC Census: In progress. Currently, CRN is piloting a CDC Census which aims to gather detailed organizational and project information for community development corporations throughout the 6 county Chicago region. The census will be the first of its kind in Chicago and will be available online. The census will compile data bi-annually creating sustained and organized access to the value of CDC development.  To participate or for more information, contact Rachel Johnston at Rachel@chicagorehab.org.  

In addition to the research initiatives described above, CRN worked with Housing Illinois to sponsor a public opinion survey about attitudes to affordable housing in the 6 county Chicago region. The survey was the first of its kind in the region, and came back with some surprising results. For instance, 8 in 10 respondents in the region say more affordable housing is an important priority and 2 in 3 say they support more affordable housing in their own communities. The results are being used to produce a public relations campaign to build support for affordable housing in the 6 county region. To see the summary report from the survey click here.

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Recent Research Maps 

2004 - 2015 Q2 affordable rental developments receiving financing from the City of Chicago  

developments alone
developments by type
developments compared with census tracts with >40% poverty

Properties receiving LIHTC investment in Chicago, 1987 - 2013

developments alone 

2015 Planning Database

census tracts in Cook County with >40% poverty

Selected Technical Assistance

Woodlawn assets
Woodlawn income by tract
median income and rents in Logan Square, Humboldt Park and West Town, 2013 


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