A Housing Investment Tool for the South Suburbs
The South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (SSMMA) through its Chicago Southland Housing and Community Development Collaborative (Collaborative) and partner organization the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation (CSEDC),work together on planning initiatives in Chicago's southern suburbs. SSMMA provides technical transportation, housing, economic growth, and development assistance to 42 municipalities in the southern suburbs of Chicago. The CSEDC focuses on economic development and growth and the Collaborative concentrates on regional housing issues and development in the Southland.
Part of the Collaborative's responsibilities is to apply for and distribute public and private funding for housing investment. For example, the Collaborative will apply and be rewarded funding made available from HUD for rehabilitation, construction or demolition of housing projects. To help evaluate and prioritize proposed projects, the Collaborative sought the assistance of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's (CMAP) Local Technical Assistance Program (LTA) to create a multifunctional evaluation tool that would prioritize projects and serve as a guide in rewarding funding. In June 2011, CMAP's LTA Program partnered with SSMMA and the Collaborative to create such a tool, called the Housing Investment Tool (HIT). The tool was approved by the Collaborative and SSMMA in May 2012.
View a summary of the tool.
Janice Morrissy, Director of Housing Initiatives, Chicago Southland Housing and Community Development Collaborative, (firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-922-4672)
Nicole Woods, Associate Planner, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, (email@example.com or 312-676-7468)
The LTA home page has details of activities sponsored by the HUD Sustainable Communities grant to CMAP for support of community projects that advance the principles of GO TO 2040. In our second call for projects through the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, CMAP received over 100 proposals from more than 80 applicants. View the press release and summary of selected projects.
An interactive map of local case studies describes projects and people that exemplify the goals and objectives of GO TO 2040.
CMAP's Local Ordinances and Toolkits program provides resources to municipalities interested in pursuing policies that are aligned with GO TO 2040 recommendations.