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February Headlines
Illinois Backyard Home Bill

State Rep. Robyn Gabel (D - Evanston) filed House Bill 4869 to legalize backyard homes or “accessory dwelling units” (ADUs) in the state of Illinois.

As Crain’s Chicago Business writes, this bill would “overturn half a century of resistance, paving the way for the lower-cost housing types to flourish in towns all over the state.”

Attached ADUs in Evanston

At City Council, Ald. Peter Braithwaite (Ward 2) made a referral for staff to develop an ADU code that allows attached units - basement conversions, attic conversions, and internal units.

“Attached” ADUs have a lower average cost of construction, helping open up housing opportunities for all homeowners. Read the referral in Evanston Now’s City Council recap.

City of Evanston Affordable Housing

The City's Affordable Housing Plan Steering Committee wants to hear your thoughts on local housing challenges to help shape Evanston’s future.

Please share your feedback on housing affordability solutions in Evanston at the City of Evanston’s workshop on Thursday, March 5, at 7pm. If you can’t make the workshop, please provide your feedback via this online City survey.

Featured Events

Helping Households at Risk: Affordable Housing and Urban Flood
Tuesday, March 10
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Center for Neighborhood Technology
17 N. State St. Suite 1400, Chicago, IL 60602

Please join CNT, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, and Chaddick Institute for a post-webinar discussion of “Helping Households at Risk: Innovations in Affordable Housing and Strategies for Lessening Urban Flood Risk for Low-Income Neighborhoods.

Join the presenters for free food and beverage, and spirited discussion of flooding disparities, affordable housing, and accessory dwelling units (ADUs).

Age-Friendly Housing: Bright Ideas for Your Backyard
Monday, March 16
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Evanston Public Library, Community Room
1703 Orrington Ave.

As the number of aging Americans seeking affordable, accessible housing continues to grow, WiseUp, the Evanston Public Library (EPL), the League of Women Voters Evanston, and EDC are co-sponsoring an event that explores how our local communities can address this time-sensitive issue. Join us at the Library for this public event!

EDC Monthly Neighborhood Hours
Friday, March 20
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2nd Ward: The Supreme Burrito, 843 Dodge Ave.

Please join EDC to talk about how our cooperative can build sustainable homes that meet our community’s current and future needs.


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