Blog

July 10, 2019

Key Preservation Strategy Reaches 10-Year Milestone

IHS congratulates The Preservation Compact and the Interagency Council on 10 years of vital work to preserve existing affordable housing in Cook County. During a time when affordable units are being lost at a rapid rate, they have been innovative and collaborative in their dedication to protecting and maintaining affordability.

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

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.

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.

June 28, 2018

Joining Forces to Help Communities Prepare for Change

In December of last year, the Institute for Housing Studies released a new tool that helps neighborhoods in Chicago plan for change. We heard quickly from community groups about how helpful the data and planning tools were to their efforts to plan for and respond to gentrification or its counterpart,...

May 10, 2018

Will going "small" put a dent in the affordability crisis?

Creative solutions to the housing affordability crisis are popping up all over the country. Micro-apartments—the Tiny Houses of apartment rentals—are at the forefront, but they aren’t the only ones. A Norwegian architect/engineer living in New York City is attaching apartment pods to the unused sides of tall buildings. A designer...

April 5, 2018

Chicago’s Affordable Housing Shortage Needs Neighborhood Solutions

Rentals in Cook County remain unaffordable for the majority of low- and moderate-income households. Our latest report on the state of renting in Cook County finds a continued affordability crunch as more people became renters in the past ten years while the affordable supply declined. This year’s report finds that the...

March 8, 2018

Building Affordable Housing Just Got That Much Harder

Finding a home that is affordable is getting a lot harder. Since 2005, the country has seen the largest increase of renters on record at the very moment that more than 10 percent of its affordable housing stock has been lost. And wages, especially for low-wage workers, have not kept...

February 2, 2018

New Tools in the Battle to Preserve Affordable Housing and Prevent Displacement

In December, we released an analysis and interactive map to help Chicago communities better understand gentrification pressures and the risk of displacement in their neighborhood. The tool identifies areas where home prices have appreciated faster than citywide averages and where a significant share of residents is vulnerable to displacement. We recently...