Fair Housing

Fair Housing

Communities with a well-balanced supply of housing enjoy many economic and social benefits as a result. By channeling resources in ways that expand fair housing options for all, metropolitan Chicago will see a more balanced tax revenue stream; an easing of unsustainable development; greater opportunity for regional collaboration, especially related to infrastructure development; enhanced efficiencies in government; and an overall strengthening of global competitiveness.

To promote fair housing efforts throughout metropolitan Chicago, CMAP is conducting a series of projects to discuss and analyze fair housing and its role in the regional economy through coordinated local efforts that promote improved equity and opportunity.

Projects include:

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Fair Housing and Equity Assessment: Metropolitan Chicago

Fair Housing: Fair Housing and Equity Assessment: Metropolitan Chicago

Fair Housing and Equity Assessment: Metropolitan Chicago

As a recipient of a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grantfor our Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, CMAP was required to prepare Fair Housing and Equity Assessment: Metropolitan Chicago (FHEA). Read more about the report, produced in partnership with the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance (CAFHA), in this February 2014 press release.

The report 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 strategeis that local governments can implement to encourage diversity in communities and invest in disinvested communities.

FHEA maps are featured below, and report data will be available in an excel format coming months.

Fair Housing: FHEA Maps and Charts Gallery

Regional Racial Composition, 1980

Regional Racial Composition, 2010


Regional Opportunity
Areas (by Census Tract), 2010


Regional Income Distribution
by Race, 2010


Racially ConcentratedAreas
of Poverty (RCAP) as defined by HUD

RCAP with Regional
Job Centers


RCAP with Low Income
Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Sites


RCAP with Low Income Housing
Tax Credit (LIHTC) Disability, Elderly, Homeless Sites