CBA Record February-March 2019

YLS Special Issue– Diversity of Opportunity

HOW CHICAGO CAN INCORPORATE LESSONS FROM EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT Building Inclusive, Affordable Communities By Barbara R. Barreno-Paschall and Clifford Helm

In Chicago, the gap between the demand for and supply of affordable housing, known as the “affordability gap,” is not only significant–it is increasing. As housing costs continue to rise, families are spending more of their income on expenses such as rent, mortgage payments, and property taxes and less on healthy food and basic necessities for their children. This burden is highly concentrated in communities whose residents are vulnerable to a variety of other pressures stemming from inequitable housing policies, practices, and development.


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