Nov 22, 2017


It is important to maintain a balanced supply of owner-occupied and rental housing distributed throughout the region. Housing plays an integral role in the lives of residents, and CMAP engages in many local planning and policy analysis efforts around this important topic.

GO TO 2040 emphasizes the importance of planning for a range of housing options in regionally and locally appropriate ways. Affordable housing options, particularly rental options, are not available in all parts of the region, which creates a systemic imbalance between job centers and where people live. The region's demographics are expected to shift substantially over the next three decades, specifically the elderly and immigrant populations, which presents an additional set of challenges in planning for future housing needs. Specifically, GO TO 2040 recommends CMAP and other regional partners:

  • Provide assistance in planning for a range of housing options.

  • Encourage the formation of formal collaborative planning efforts.

  • Facilitate communications between communities facing similar challenges.

  • Promote housing affordability near transit.

  • Target housing program to rehabilitation in areas with transit access.

To support CMAP's housing initiatives and work plan, the Housing Committee provides advisory input to the CMAP board on proposed regional plans, projects, and policies. The committee, comprised of public and private sector housing experts from across the region, meets the third Thursday of every month at 9 a.m. at CMAP offices.


Homes for a Changing Region

CMAP helps local communities plan for future housing supply and demand through a variety of planning and policy tools, which educate residents and local elected officials about the importance of planning for a range of housing options across the region.  One of these tools is a Homes for a Changing Region plan. Conducted in partnership with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and the Metropolitan Planning Council, the Homes for a Changing Region planning process enables municipal leaders to chart future demand and supply tends for housing in their communities and helps communities develop long-term housing plans. These plans aim to create a balanced mix of housing, serve current and future populations, and enhance livability. Six clusters of communities, comprised of 26 municipalities have participated in the project since 2011.

Regional Housing Initiative

CMAP works with the Metropolitan Planning Council and nine housing authorities in the region to administer the Regional Housing Initiative. Since 2002, the public housing authorities participating in RHI have pooled a portion of their available rental assistance vouchers to provide long-term support for the rehabilitation or construction of multifamily, affordable rental homes in opportunity communities across the region.

In order to develop resources that meet the needs of municipalities in our region, CMAP developed the Local Ordinances and Toolkits program to help municipalities develop policies that support the goals of GO TO 2040. In 2014, CMAP plans to develop model ordinances for fair housing and aging in place.  With the assistance of municipal officials and local experts, CMAP will deliver a set of guides that describe the process of implementing Fair Housing and Aging in Place municipal policies from study to approval. To support the implementation of these policies, CMAP expects to provide staff resources to several municipalities in the coming years through its Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.  

Fair Housing & Equity Assessment

CMAP has various Fair Housing resources, including the Fair Housing and Equity Assessment: Metropolitan Chicago (FHEA) report.  Produced in partnership with the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance (CAFHA), it serves as a starting point from which to discuss the ramifications of housing inequalities throughout the region.  FHEA analysis concludes that housing continues to be segregated by race in the Chicago region and is having a negative impact on numerous sectors throughout the region. The paper includes a number of strategies that local governments can implement to encourage diversity in communities and invest in disinvested communities.

Housing Updates


October 06, 2016

White House releases Housing Development toolkit focused on zoning

On Monday, September 26, 2016, the White House released a Housing Development Toolkit encouraging local governments to explore modernizing local zoning regulations to spur economic development...

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May 27, 2015

Public meetings in Pilsen and Little Village

Residents and stakeholders are invited to share thoughts and priorities for the development of the Pilsen and Little Village land use plan at a series of community workshops in June.  The...

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March 16, 2015

Muni-Blast, 3-16-15

CMAP's quarterly "e-blast" newsletter for metropolitan Chicago's 284 municipalities briefly highlights local planning resources that can help communities implement livability recommendations f...

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July 24, 2014

CMAP Muni-Blast, 7-24-14

CMAP's quarterly "e-blast" newsletter for metropolitan Chicago's 284 municipalities briefly highlights local planning resources that can help communities implement  livability recommendatio...

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July 15, 2014

Community planning proposals

CMAP received 104 applications were submitted by 77 different applicants to the LTA program.

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June 13, 2014

Draft GO TO 2040 plan update available for public comment through August 1, 2014

Submit comments on-line and attend open house meetings throughout the region for the draft GO TO 2040 plan update and FFY 2014-19 Transportation Improvement Program.

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April 01, 2014

Muni-Blast, 4-1-14

CMAP's quarterly survey for communities highlights our biennial 2014 municipal survey, discounted registration for GreenTown, and more.

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March 06, 2014

Fair Housing report

CMAP and the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance (CAFHA) have released Fair Housing and Equity Assessment: Metropolitan Chicago . The report finds that communities with a well-balanced supply of...

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February 04, 2014

North Cook Workshops RESCHEDULED

The North Cook workshops in Arlington Heights for Cook County's Planning for Progress effort have been rescheduled to February 11 due to snow.  Register  on-line. The meeti...

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January 23, 2014

CMAP Muni-Blast, 1-23-14

CMAP's quarterly "e-blast" newsletter for metropolitan Chicago's 284 municipalities briefly highlights local planning resources that can help communities implement livability recommendations f...

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January 21, 2014

Congress Releases Omnibus Appropriations Bill for FY14

On January 17, 2014, the President signed the Omnibus Appropriations Bill for federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, which ends September 30, 2014. Combining 12 separate appropriations bills, the omni...

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September 30, 2011

CMAP 2010 Municipal Plans, Programs, and Operations Survey Findings, Part 1

Tracking performance and making adjustments to reach the region's desired future is critical to the implementation of GO TO 2040 . Through the Regional Indicators Project and its data portal M...

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June 30, 2011

NOFA for Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program

On June 23, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its FY 2011 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), which includes an additional $67 million through its Sustain...

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March 22, 2011

A Look Inside Metropolitan Chicago's Existing Local Plans

Northeastern Illinois is made up of a network of unique, identifiable communities, each with their own histories and characters. Each has its own "sense of place," and that diversity within the ...

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