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State of Rental   April 23, 2019

2019 State of Rental Housing in Cook County

The newest release of the State of Rental Housing in Cook County updates key data on changing rental demand, the supply of rental housing, and how these dynamics affect access to affordable rental housing for Cook County's lowest income households.

April 23, 2019

Driving Results: Affordable Rental Housing Policy

The Preservation Compact’s 2019 policy response to the State of Rental Housing in Cook County

Indicators and Data Tools   April 17, 2019

Cook County House Price Index: Fourth Quarter 2018

This update of the Institute for Housing Studies (IHS) Cook County House Price Index highlights changing prices for single-family homes through the fourth quarter of 2018 in 16 City of Chicago submarkets and 17 submarkets primarily in suburban Cook County.

February 18, 2019

Understanding the Relationship between Opportunity Zones and Displacement Pressure in Chicago

This blog highlights how Chicago’s designated Opportunity Zones align with displacement pressure in the city’s neighborhoods and discusses what this means for the implementation of Opportunity Zone investments.

Reports   December 18, 2018

Analyzing Neighborhoods with Intensifying and Emerging Housing Affordability Pressure

This analysis examines IHS’s updated displacement pressure maps and ways that market pressure may be changing in Chicago neighborhoods. The goal is to give neighborhood stakeholders a timely resource to understand shifting levels of market activity and highlight which areas in the City of Chicago may be experiencing increased displacement pressure.

Indicators and Data Tools   December 18, 2018

Mapping Displacement Pressure in Chicago, 2018

IHS’s Mapping Displacement Pressure in Chicago project supports ongoing and future public investment decisions by creating a leading indicator to identify neighborhoods where vulnerable populations may be experiencing affordability pressures and displacement risk from increased housing costs.

October 11, 2018

Why Some Chicago Neighborhoods Are Losing Their Children

Since 2010, the number of children in Chicago declined by 40,000. Chicago ranks near the top of cities in the nation for child population declines, right behind Cleveland and Detroit.

September 26, 2018

Understanding Household Income Shifts in Chicago Neighborhoods

This analysis examines how household incomes have shifted at the neighborhood level between 2010 and 2016 and describes what different trends tell us about the challenges facing different neighborhoods in Chicago.

Reports   August 24, 2018

Overview of Chicago's Housing Market

The City of Chicago commissioned the Institute for Housing Studies to develop data to guide conversations around developing Chicago’s 2019-2023 Five-Year Housing Plan.

State of Rental   April 5, 2018

2018 State of Rental Housing in Cook County

The newest release of the State of Rental Housing in Cook County updates key data on changing rental demand, the supply of rental housing, and how these dynamics are affecting access to affordable rental housing for Cook County's lowest income households.


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