The Innovative Housing Institute advocates for providing quality affordable housing in communities throughout the nation, primarily through the policies and practices known as Inclusionary Housing.
IHI recently provided services to the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development. Chicago’s Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO) was not meeting a number of the City’s goals embodied in the Mayor’s “Five-Year Housing Plan.” This Plan coordinates $1.3 billion in expenditures to create, improve, and preserve more than 41,000 units of housing throughout the city. The improvement of the City’s inclusionary housing program is a critical part of the plan. After a competitive procurement, IHI was engaged by Chicago in July of last year. Working with City staff and a 26 member Task Force made up of civic leaders and members of the development community, IHI evaluated economic feasibility of a number of alternative approaches to on-site provision of affordable homes and in-lieu fees. IHI provided information on best practices and policy alternatives nationally and participated in every meeting of the Task Force. The result of this effort was the adoption of an amendment to the ARO on March 19th of this year that greatly improves and strengthens the existing law. The context of the evaluation and revamping of the ARO are described in Chicago’s report on this effort: Affordable Requirements Ordinance- Proposed Enhancements December 2014.
As a service oriented nonprofit, IHI is able to assist other organizations through the provision of qualified staff and associates in consulting and program management.