In 2009, there was a shortage of 180,000 affordable rental units in Cook County, an increase of 9.1 percent since 2005.
Cook County will need an additional 44,000 affordable housing units by 2020.
Cook County has seen a net increase in rents since 2005. Real median rents rose 14.1 percent in Chicago and 13.3. percent in the suburbs between 2005 and 2010.
to afford a median priced two-bedroom rental apartment ($1,000 per month) in 2010.
More than three-quarters of households making $20,000-35,000 yearly pay more than 30 percent of their income for rent.
In many cases, tenants are evicted and many foreclosed buildings end up abandoned or in disrepair.