Mayor Lightfoot calls for more investment in affordable new construction

by Emily Mack

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot took her affordable housing plan a step further in late June, requesting an additional $69 million in funds — this comes after a $1 billion investment in the program from the city in December.

At a city council meeting on June 22, Lightfoot proposed earmarking roughly 400 future mixed-use units as affordable housing; the measure is up for approval by the council on July 20.

If passed, those developments would be partially funded by the city’s revenue bonds. The plans include a 58-unit building in Auburn Gresham and a 28-unit building in Uptown. Those new construction properties would receive $6 million and $3.5 million from the city, respectively.

Another of the mayor’s proposals aims to preserve the Barbara Jean Wright Apartments: a 272-unit building located at 1354 S. Morgan St. in University Village. In order to finance its rehabilitation, the city may issue a bond inducement of up to $45 million in Multi-Family Housing Loan Funds.

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