The Vote Equity Project collected over 250 reform ideas submitted by Chicagoans.

 

Residents from every ward collectively cast 52,000 votes on their top priorities.

These were the top-voted reforms in housing.

- housing -

1. Create more affordable and mixed-income housing that includes Chicago Housing Authority vouchers for families in all neighborhoods.

2. Require developers to build affordable housing in all developments that receive city assistance, funding, or approval (upzoning).

3. Pass Rent Control in Chicago to keep rents affordable and neighborhoods stable.

4. Spend $150 million/year to prevent homelessness and help doubled-up families by raising the tax on luxury and commercial real estate deals.

5. Establish Community Benefit Agreements for large-scale developments, to preserve and add new affordable housing.

 

​1. Create more affordable and mixed-income housing

that includes Chicago Housing Authority vouchers for families in all neighborhoods.

• Lifting the rent control ban

• Eliminating aldermanic prerogative specific to affordable housing
placement
• Increasing the affordable housing percentage mandate for developers
• Increasing affordable housing for family size units
• Eliminating developer “opt out for a fee” provision
• Increasing and expanding real estate transfer tax

amara enyia
YES

No further response was provided.

bob fioretti
YES

I am not certain that the dollar amount is the correct amount without intentional investigation, juxtaposed against budget review, but the prevention of homelessness and fair taxes should be paid by all.

lashawn ford
YES

​I have a detailed housing policy to: build and preserve affordable housing in every community, including family-sized units, push CHA to provide more housing opportunities, and fund homelessness prevention via a real estate transfer tax.

lori lightfoot
YES

I will work to tackle segregation and help develop low income communities in a fair way by expanding CHA vouchers, increasing affordable housing stock, reforming aldermanic prerogative, and preserving multifamily units.

susana mendoza
YES

I have called for lifting the ban on rent control, a real estate transfer tax on properties sold for over $1 million, and the construction of more affordable, family-sized units. I would work with residents on a CBA for the Obama Center.

toni preckwinkle
YES

(Response was shortened for space.)

paul vallas
YES

Gery Chico,
William M. Daley,
Neal Sáles-Griffin,
Jerry Joyce,
John Kozlar,
Garry McCarthy, and
Willie Wilson

did not respond.

other candidates
no response
 

2. Require developers to build affordable housing

in all developments that receive city assistance, funding, or approval (upzoning) vouchers for families in all neighborhoods.

• Lifting the rent control ban

• Eliminating aldermanic prerogative specific to affordable housing
placement
• Increasing the affordable housing percentage mandate for developers
• Increasing affordable housing for family size units
• Eliminating developer “opt out for a fee” provision
• Increasing and expanding real estate transfer tax

amara enyia
YES

No further response was provided.

bob fioretti
YES

I am not certain that the dollar amount is the correct amount without intentional investigation, juxtaposed against budget review, but the prevention of homelessness and fair taxes should be paid by all.

lashawn ford
YES

​I have a detailed housing policy to: build and preserve affordable housing in every community, including family-sized units, push CHA to provide more housing opportunities, and fund homelessness prevention via a real estate transfer tax.

lori lightfoot
YES

I will work to tackle segregation and help develop low income communities in a fair way by expanding CHA vouchers, increasing affordable housing stock, reforming aldermanic prerogative, and preserving multifamily units.

susana mendoza
YES

I have called for lifting the ban on rent control, a real estate transfer tax on properties sold for over $1 million, and the construction of more affordable, family-sized units. I would work with residents on a CBA for the Obama Center.

toni preckwinkle
YES

(Response was shortened for space.)

paul vallas
YES

Gery Chico,
William M. Daley,
Neal Sáles-Griffin,
Jerry Joyce,
John Kozlar,
Garry McCarthy, and
Willie Wilson

did not respond.

other candidates
no response
 

3. Pass Rent Control 

in Chicago to keep rents affordable and neighborhoods stable.

• Lifting the rent control ban

• Eliminating aldermanic prerogative specific to affordable housing
placement
• Increasing the affordable housing percentage mandate for developers
• Increasing affordable housing for family size units
• Eliminating developer “opt out for a fee” provision
• Increasing and expanding real estate transfer tax

amara enyia
YES

No further response was provided.

bob fioretti
no

I am not certain that the dollar amount is the correct amount without intentional investigation, juxtaposed against budget review, but the prevention of homelessness and fair taxes should be paid by all.

lashawn ford
YES

​I have a detailed housing policy to: build and preserve affordable housing in every community, including family-sized units, push CHA to provide more housing opportunities, and fund homelessness prevention via a real estate transfer tax.

lori lightfoot
no response

I will work to tackle segregation and help develop low income communities in a fair way by expanding CHA vouchers, increasing affordable housing stock, reforming aldermanic prerogative, and preserving multifamily units.

susana mendoza
No

I have called for lifting the ban on rent control, a real estate transfer tax on properties sold for over $1 million, and the construction of more affordable, family-sized units. I would work with residents on a CBA for the Obama Center.

toni preckwinkle
YES

(Response was shortened for space.)

paul vallas
no response

Gery Chico,
William M. Daley,
Neal Sáles-Griffin,
Jerry Joyce,
John Kozlar,
Garry McCarthy, and
Willie Wilson

did not respond.

other candidates
no response
 

4. Spend $150 million/year to prevent homelessness

and help doubled-up families by raising the tax on luxury and commercial real estate deals.

• Lifting the rent control ban

• Eliminating aldermanic prerogative specific to affordable housing
placement
• Increasing the affordable housing percentage mandate for developers
• Increasing affordable housing for family size units
• Eliminating developer “opt out for a fee” provision
• Increasing and expanding real estate transfer tax

amara enyia
YES

No further response was provided.

bob fioretti
NO

I am not certain that the dollar amount is the correct amount without intentional investigation, juxtaposed against budget review, but the prevention of homelessness and fair taxes should be paid by all.

lashawn ford
NO

​I have a detailed housing policy to: build and preserve affordable housing in every community, including family-sized units, push CHA to provide more housing opportunities, and fund homelessness prevention via a real estate transfer tax.

lori lightfoot
No response

I will work to tackle segregation and help develop low income communities in a fair way by expanding CHA vouchers, increasing affordable housing stock, reforming aldermanic prerogative, and preserving multifamily units.

susana mendoza
YES

I have called for lifting the ban on rent control, a real estate transfer tax on properties sold for over $1 million, and the construction of more affordable, family-sized units. I would work with residents on a CBA for the Obama Center.

toni preckwinkle
YES

(Response was shortened for space.)

paul vallas
no

Gery Chico,
William M. Daley,
Neal Sáles-Griffin,
Jerry Joyce,
John Kozlar,
Garry McCarthy, and
Willie Wilson

did not respond.

other candidates
no response
 

5. Establish Community Benefit Agreements 

for large-scale developments, to preserve and add new affordable housing.

• Lifting the rent control ban

• Eliminating aldermanic prerogative specific to affordable housing
placement
• Increasing the affordable housing percentage mandate for developers
• Increasing affordable housing for family size units
• Eliminating developer “opt out for a fee” provision
• Increasing and expanding real estate transfer tax

amara enyia
YES

No further response was provided.

bob fioretti
YES

I am not certain that the dollar amount is the correct amount without intentional investigation, juxtaposed against budget review, but the prevention of homelessness and fair taxes should be paid by all.

lashawn ford
YES

​I have a detailed housing policy to: build and preserve affordable housing in every community, including family-sized units, push CHA to provide more housing opportunities, and fund homelessness prevention via a real estate transfer tax.

lori lightfoot
YES

I will work to tackle segregation and help develop low income communities in a fair way by expanding CHA vouchers, increasing affordable housing stock, reforming aldermanic prerogative, and preserving multifamily units.

susana mendoza
YES

I have called for lifting the ban on rent control, a real estate transfer tax on properties sold for over $1 million, and the construction of more affordable, family-sized units. I would work with residents on a CBA for the Obama Center.

toni preckwinkle
YES

(Response was shortened for space.)

paul vallas
YES

Gery Chico,
William M. Daley,
Neal Sáles-Griffin,
Jerry Joyce,
John Kozlar,
Garry McCarthy, and
Willie Wilson

did not respond.

other candidates
no response

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