Welcome to the Affordable Housing project page. Housing plays an important role in the fabric of our community and is topic with a wide range of ideas and opinions. As the City complies with the State's Affordable Housing Planning and Appeal Act (AHPAA), we invite you to share your views and experiences on a variety of topics, including housing, by completing the survey below:
Your participation will assist in the City's efforts to adopt an Affordable Housing plan as required by the AHPAA. A draft will be available by the end of Summer 2023, and will be added to this page. Public review is planned for September 2023, the agenda for which will be available here.
During this process we invite you to revisit this page and subscribe to receive update alerts.
Park Ridge Housing FAQ
It is an act passed in 2003 by the State of Illinois to address the lack of moderately-priced housing in many Illinois communities, the implementation of which has been delegated to IHDA. This FAQ is current through Public Act 102-175, but there are additional amendments which may become effective later this year.
The Caucus has a number of staff members, one of which helps with Housing and Community Development Initiatives. The MMC and CMAP are providing technical assistance and helping in the affordable housing outreach and discussion and development of the affordable housing plan required by the AHPAA.
Example: For an area with a median household income of $74,621 (Chicago-Naperville-Elgin 2020 median), then an eligible household would earn no greater than 80%, or 59,696.80 a year. A household with a gross income of $59,686 would spend no more than $17,906 a year on owner-occupied housing expenses (e.g., mortgage, amortization, taxes, insurance, HOA fees, etc.)
For non-exempt municipalities, they are required to adopt and submit an Affordable Housing Plan to IDHA. (More info in the 2018 AHPAA handbook)
IDHA publishes a list of local governments with their affordability percentages approximately every 5 years. You can find the list here. It is anticipated the list will be updated in 2024.
So, while housing is part of a comprehensive plan, an affordable housing plan is separate from the comprehensive plan and carries legal implications under Illinois law.
No, the Planning and Zoning Commission does not need to be involved as the affordable housing plan does not change local zoning rules or regulations and is not necessarily part of the Comprehensive Plan.
- Total number of affordable housing units required by the reporting municipality based on the AHPAA Local Government Exemption Report published by IHDA.
- Identify lands within the municipality most appropriate for the construction of affordable housing.
- Incentives the municipality may provide to attract affordable housing.
- Selection of one of three (3) goals:
- Minimum 15% of all new or redevelopment to be affordable
- Require minimum of 3% point increase in overall percentage of affordable housing in the municipality
- Require a minimum of 10% affordable housing within the municipality
(Source 2018 AHPAA Handbook)The structure of the plan is provided by State law although the policymaking decisions are ultimately up to the Park Ridge City Council.