eTOD Briefs

Chicago Should Add More CHA Units Near Transit

It would deliver huge returns for household budgets, economic opportunity, and the environment

How can the City of Chicago add and preserve more affordable housing near transit? There’s one resource that Chicago should utilize more frequently: the Chicago Housing Authority.

Last year, CNT noted that the CHA Plan for Transformation set our city – and our region – behind in adding and preserving affordable housing near transit. Between 2000 and 2010, the CHA decommissioned and demolished more than 6,000 occupied housing units located near the CTA and Metra train systems. These units were concentrated in buildings neither safe nor decent, but they also have not been replaced at sites with easy access of transit.


Technical Assistance Available for your eTOD Project

CNT’s Social Impact Calculator Can Guide Predevelopment For Affordable Housing Near Transit

CNT announces available technical assistance in helping community organizations and developers in Cook County support equitable transit-oriented development (eTOD). When neighborhoods add eTOD, households have greater choice for a place to live, a place to work, and a variety of transportation options connecting the two. eTOD helps lower income residents save money on transportation, it grows neighborhood economies, and it makes room for neighbors of all backgrounds. But as TOD has gained steam this real estate cycle, only a few developments have added units that serve all incomes and backgrounds.