April is Fair Housing Month, a time to recognize the role housing plays in supporting an inclusive and thriving region. ON TO 2050, the region's comprehensive plan, highlights the importance of a housing supply that responds to northeastern Illinois' changing demographics — including an aging population, increasing diversity, and changing living patterns.
One way to do that is by creating accessible housing. Ten percent of our region's population reports having a disability. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) projects that the senior population will increase by 880,000 people by 2050. Nationally, one-third of people over age 65 experience a disability that limits their mobility. These changing demographics increase the need for senior housing, accessible housing, and housing with easy access to services and amenities.