Experts gathered at the “Rental Housing in the New Economy” conference to discuss and plan for how to best protect Cook County’s affordable rental housing stock

Rebounding from the crash, the real estate market is in the midst of another big change, one that has deep implications for affordable rental housing in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, for quality of life in our neighborhoods, and, in many ways, for the economic and competitive future of the city and region.

That big picture was the frame for the presentations and conversation throughout “Rental Housing in the New Economy,” a daylong conference on July 18 on the UIC campus. Sponsored by The Preservation Compact, the event brought together more than 250 government officials, housing advocates, community developers, academics, building owners and foundation officers to discuss key issues in the current market for affordable rental housing in Cook County and what it will take to preserve this important asset.

“Within the context of a big vision for jobs and growth and trends for the entire economy, where does the drive to preserve affordable housing fit?” asked Julia Stasch, the vice president of U.S. programs for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, in the morning remarks. “Stable, affordable housing is an essential platform for people to be able to take advantage of training, feel confident that their kids will do well in school, and be likely to benefit from other investments we make.” Read more >>

Video and PowerPoint presentations from each plenary session are available on the Multimedia page.

Read about each breakout session:

Staying Subsidized
Energy Retrofits: Why Not?
Small Buildings, Big Impact
The Neighborhood Factor

View the Agenda

Download the Conference Program (pdf)

This conference was made possible with support from