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June 21, 2021

IHS Technical Assistance to Support Preservation of 2 to 4 Unit Properties in Chicago

This blog provides an overview of the current state of 2 to 4 unit housing in Chicago, new pilot programs directed at preserving multi-unit housing in Chicago, and IHS’s work in community partnerships over the years that have provided insight on the 2 to 4 unit housing market.

June 11, 2021

Using Data and Community Engagement Collaborations to Guide an Equitable COVID-19 Recovery

With support from Urban Institute's National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, the Institute for Housing Studies partnered with Communities United and Elevated Chicago to engage community members experiencing disproportionate impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here about how data and community-driven narratives can guide equitable COVID-19 response and recovery efforts in Chicago.

Reports   May 13, 2021

Patterns of Lost 2 to 4 Unit Buildings in Chicago

This analysis uses a unique data set to document the loss of the 2 to 4 stock in Chicago neighborhoods in an effort to understand the different ways that market forces put pressure on this key segment of the city’s housing market.

Reports   May 13, 2021

Characteristics of the 2 to 4 Stock in Chicago Neighborhoods

To inform ongoing policy conversations related to the preservation of 2 to 4 buildings in Chicago neighborhoods, this report updates key contextual data on the stock of 2 to 4s in Chicago, and includes new data on the characteristics of the stock, foreclosure impacts, and the importance of 2 to 4s in communities of color and for households of color.

May 13, 2021

Guest Blog: The Need for a Collective Approach to Preserving 2 to 4 Unit Housing in Chicago

This guest blog, co-authored by a group of Chicago housing organizations, responds to IHS's recent analysis on the importance of and threats to 2 to 4 unit buildings in Chicago. It emphasizes the disproportionate health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic across Chicago’s communities of color; the potential implications for the stability of Chicago’s 2 to 4 unit housing stock; and the urgent need for coordinated actions to address existing needs of families that rely on the affordability that 2 to 4 flats provide.

House Price Index   April 26, 2021

Cook County House Price Index: Fourth Quarter 2020

This update of the Institute for Housing Studies (IHS) Cook County House Price Index highlights changing prices for single-family homes through the second quarter of 2020 in 16 City of Chicago submarkets and 17 submarkets primarily in suburban Cook County.

January 11, 2021

New Stories Added to Mapping Stories of Neighborhood Change Tool

IHS recently updated our Mapping Stories of Neighborhood Change mapping tool to include neighborhood news stories published in 2020 mapped alongside our updated Mapping Displacement Pressure data. The mapping tool provides users with spatial, housing market, and demographic context and to assess the potential implications of the activities described in each article.

Displacement Pressure   December 15, 2020

Mapping Displacement Pressure in Chicago, 2020

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.

Indicators and Data Tools   December 8, 2020

New Data Available on IHS’s Housing Market Indicators Data Portal

IHS recently expanded its Housing Market Indicators data portal to include additional information on neighborhood demographic and economic characteristics. These data will provide portal users with additional context to understand factors that may affect housing market activity in their communities.

House Price Index   November 11, 2020

Cook County House Price Index: Second Quarter 2020

This update of the Institute for Housing Studies (IHS) Cook County House Price Index highlights changing prices for single-family homes through the second quarter of 2020 in 16 City of Chicago submarkets and 17 submarkets primarily in suburban Cook County.

October 29, 2020

Swimming Against the Tide: An Update on COVID-19 Housing Policy Interventions

This blog revisits local, state, and federal policy interventions that emerged during the beginning months of the COVID-19 crisis. Short term supports have been critical for those able to access relief, but many of the most critical economic supports have expired and stopgap measures to temporarily extend these programs are not enough to alleviate the current economic hardship faced by many households. Read more about how these policy interventions have evolved since the first stimulus package.

Reports   October 7, 2020

The Preservation Lab: A Platform to Engage Stakeholders around Today's Affordable Housing Challenges

The Preservation Lab is an initiative co-directed by the Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University (IHS) and The Preservation Compact that aims to investigate complex and timely affordable housing topics and inform affordable housing policy through applied research and stakeholder engagement.

Reports   July 13, 2020

Understanding Displacement Pressure for Community Assets: Results from the Connect Chicago Innovation Program

Through the City Tech Connect Chicago Innovation Program, the Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University (IHS) and MAPSCorps teamed up to create data indicators, sustainable processes, and tools to help community organizations access, analyze, and compare neighborhood-level data that can be leveraged to support local policies and issues.

June 29, 2020

Building Community Data Capacity: Developing a Model to Preserve Affordable Housing in Uncertain Times

IHS provides data and technical assistance for Communities United (CU)— a community-based organization based in Albany Park which also serves Austin, Belmont-Cragin, Roseland, and West Ridge, on the Northwest, West, and South sides of Chicago— and its housing initiative Renters Organizing Ourselves to Stay (ROOTS). This blog highlights some of this work and how it has been used by Communities United.

June 5, 2020

Policy Interventions to Respond to the Housing Impacts of COVID-19

How have policymakers responded to help communities weather the economic crisis resulting from COVID-19? This blog is part of our recent series examining the impact of the pandemic in Chicago neighborhoods and highlights local, state, and federal policy interventions that aim to provide housing and financial stability during a time of economic uncertainty. As the duration of large-scale unemployment and long-term impacts of the pandemic remain unclear, these policy approaches are evolving and fast-moving to respond to changing needs.

May 18, 2020

Taking a Closer Look at COVID-19’s Possible Impact on Cook County Homeowners

A recent IHS blog provided a preliminary analysis of the rental housing market implications of a COVID-19-related economic downturn. This brief follow-up blog takes a closer look at homeownership and provides an initial analysis of how a COVID-19 related economic downturn could impact homeowners in Cook County.

April 30, 2020

Examining the Neighborhood-Level Housing Impact of COVID-19 in Chicago: A Preliminary Analysis

To support Chicago-area housing and community development practitioners as they think through the need for housing and place-based interventions, the Institute for Housing Studies (IHS) has created a new analysis to highlight the potential economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on households with workers in occupations more vulnerable to mass layoffs.

House Price Index   April 28, 2020

Cook County House Price Index: Fourth Quarter 2019

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 2019 in 16 City of Chicago submarkets and 17 submarkets primarily in suburban Cook County.

March 17, 2020

Building Community Data Capacity: Informing Innovative Strategies to Rebuild Demand in Greater Chatham

As part of our new series that highlights examples of IHS technical assistance projects, this blog shares about a partnership between IHS and Greater Chatham Initiative.

Reports   January 15, 2020

Displacement Pressure in Context: Examining Recent Housing Market Changes Near The 606

This report goes “under the hood” of our Mapping Displacement Pressure in Chicago data to highlight how house prices are changing in the neighborhoods around The 606 and identifies potential opportunities to preserve affordability in surrounding communities.

Displacement Pressure   December 12, 2019

Mapping Displacement Pressure in Chicago, 2019

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 31, 2019

Using Data to Inform Community-Driven Decision Making in East Garfield Park

We are starting a new blog series that highlights examples of IHS technical assistance projects. In this blog we describe a recent partnership IHS worked on in East Garfield Park.

House Price Index   October 29, 2019

Cook County House Price Index: Second Quarter 2019

This update of the Institute for Housing Studies (IHS) Cook County House Price Index highlights changing prices for single-family homes through the second quarter of 2019 in 16 City of Chicago submarkets and 17 submarkets primarily in suburban Cook County.

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

House Price Index   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.

Displacement Pressure   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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