Affordable Housing Proposal Coming to City Council
The Affordable Housing Incentive Program (AHIP), coming to City Council in the near future, will provide incentives for developers to build affordable housing units. Developers would not be required to participate. Adopting the AHIP will bring much-needed housing to people who live and work in our community, including seniors, veterans, those with disabilities, hospital/school support staff, and restaurant employees.
Advocacy Opportunity – Sign Petition to City Council
You are invited to educate yourself on the Naperville Affordable Housing Incentive Program (AHIP) — and, if you are in agreement, advocate for City Council approval by signing the petition.
Naperville continues to become more diverse (ethnically, racially, and economically). We should embrace that diversity in many ways. One way is to provide a diverse set of housing solutions.
State and Federal Law Requirements
Illinois law requires that Naperville file a plan to get above 10 percent affordable housing (Naperville is at 7.5 percent). The ultimate goal is 20 percent. In the last 23 years, Naperville has not made any significant progress toward the 10 percent.
Click on the items below for more information on the AHIP
- AHIP St. Thomas Bulletin Insert from July 24, 2022
- DuPage Housing Alliance Position Paper on AHIP
- AHIP Proposed Program (SB Friedman Consultant Report to City of Naperville April 4, 2022)
To members of the Naperville City Council
Together, we stand with the DuPage Housing Alliance — a local group of community leaders, non-profit organizations, and interested associations — in strongly urging the City Council to address the shortage of affordable housing in Naperville by approving the Affordable Housing Incentive Program.
The City of Naperville acknowledges in the Affordable Housing Plan of 2022 that it has an affordable housing shortfall of 1,263 units, as defined by the State of Illinois guidelines.
To address that shortfall, City Council instructed Naperville staff to work with a consultant to create a voluntary incentive program, encouraging developers to build affordable housing. That resulted in the Affordable Housing Incentive Program (AHIP), which is before the City Council for approval.
While some would say that a mandatory program would be more effective, putting AHIP in place is a beginning. The AHIP can be adjusted in the future to improve its effectiveness.
AHIP, as it stands, does not call for monitoring mechanisms to track the effectiveness of the program. It is recommended that City Council add such mechanisms to the proposed AHIP.
Adopting the AHIP will bring much-needed housing to people who live and work in our community, including seniors, veterans, those with disabilities, hospital/school support staff, and restaurant employees.
Surveys have shown that increasing affordable housing is a priority for our community. It has been discussed and debated for many years. It is time for action. It is time to take the first step.We urge City Council to approve the Affordable Housing Incentive Program.
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