DePaul Institute for Housing Studies

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2017

  • Blog
  • March 27, 2017

Reading the Housing Policy Tea Leaves

HUD’s prospects under Ben Carson and ways to build more affordable housing despite it all Finding an affordable apartment is nearly impossible for those living on the margins, thanks in part to the shortfall of about 7.4...
Reading the Housing Policy Tea Leaves

2016

  • Blog
  • November 1, 2016

Lessons from The 606

More than a year after the Bloomingdale Trail, also known as The 606, opened on the northwest side of Chicago, its impact on the surrounding communities is becoming apparent. Our new report analyzes how house prices...
Lessons from The 606
  • Blog
  • October 19, 2016

Urban Trails as Urban Planning

The Bloomingdale Trail, or The 606, opened just over a year ago, replacing an old railroad track on the northwest side of Chicago with an elevated garden/walking, jogging, rollerblading/community gathering spot. While some neighbors worried about rising home values pushing...
 Urban Trails as Urban Planning
  • Blog
  • June 15, 2016

Can your neighborhood make you sick?

The connection between neighborhood and health Where you live may have a bigger impact on how long you live than your genetics, says the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. They mapped life expectancy along major highway exits and transit...
Can your neighborhood make you sick?

Is Mixed-Income Public Housing the Answer?

A conversation with Robert Chaskin and Mark JosephIn their recent book, “Integrating the Inner City: The Promise and Perils of Mixed-Income Public Housing Transformation,” Robert Chaskin and Mark Joseph detail the demolition of Chicago’s high-rise public housing and the...
Is Mixed-Income Public Housing the Answer?
  • Blog
  • February 8, 2016

Renters by Choice

More and more Americans are opting out of homeownership.Renting is on the rise. As American homeownership rates have fallen in recent years, rental demand has leapt.  Between the second quarters of 2014 and 2015, for example, the number of owner-occupied households dropped by...
Renters by Choice

2015

  • Blog
  • August 26, 2015

As Home Market Stabilizes, Housing Counselors Change Focus

Advice on foreclosures gives way to helping first-time homebuyers avoid the financial mistakes of the mortgage crisis. For years, housing counseling agencies provided critical assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure. But as our 2014 Housing Market Conditions...
As Home Market Stabilizes, Housing Counselors Change Focus

2014

2013

  • Blog
  • July 26, 2013

Solving a Very Different Kind of Housing Crisis

The Cook County Assessor’s Office, responsible for setting values for each of Cook County’s 1.8 million parcels, divides the county’s buildings into 107 different categories – most of them familiar: residential buildings broken out by number...
Solving a Very Different Kind of Housing Crisis
  • Blog
  • June 27, 2013

The Difference a Street Makes

Mortgage activity from the third quarter of 2012 to the first quarter of 2013 in Oak Park, Illinois (left) and in the Austin Community Area of Chicago (right). Sometimes an image makes you stop in your tracks. In the midst of working with some parcel-level data for a report, our Research and Data Analyst saw one of the starker examples of the difference a simple municipal border can make. On the left side of the image above is the Village of Oak Park, a suburb of the City of Chicago that abuts its western border, on the right is the Chicago Community Area of Austin. The blue-colored parcels on both sides represent residential mortgages originated between the third quarter of...
  • Blog
  • June 26, 2013

Using Mortgage Data from the IHS Data Portal

This is the second post in a series that illustrates how to use the IHS Housing Market Indicators Data Portal to explore trends and patterns in local housing markets within Cook County. The first post in...
Using Mortgage Data from the IHS Data Portal
  • Blog
  • March 1, 2013

Welcome to the IHS Blog

Our mission at IHS is to provide reliable, impartial, and timely data and research that informs housing policy decisions as well as discussions about the state of housing in the Chicago region and nationally. The IHS blog is another...
Welcome to the IHS Blog