A Step Forward
The St. Thomas Housing Alliance Ministry has been advocating for more affordable housing in Naperville for at least four years. The Alliance has been working with the Naperville Housing Advisory Commission (HAC) and City Council.
The Naperville City Council, at their January 5 meeting, moved forward on three of the eight affordable housing recommendations from the Housing Advisory Commission. The vote was unanimous.
Council approved the Affordable Housing Work Plan to:
1. Develop a specific plan to preserve Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing (NOAH),
2. Establish a Revolving Rehabilitation Loan Fund specifically targeted toward low income seniors who currently own in Naperville so that they can make the necessary repairs to their home and age in place, and
3. Begin work on an Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance (IZO).
An IZO can require developers to include some percentage of affordable housing in their Naperville developments or provide some in lieu funds to be used to develop affordable housing.
Naperville has been in violation of an Illinois law requiring 10% affordable housing for many years. The city is currently at 7.5%. The Housing Alliance worked with the Housing Advisory Commission to identify eight recommendations that were advanced to the City Council.