The City of Evanston does not own or operate affordable housing units or buildings. What we have is the current inclusionary housing program, which provides subsidies for a few people of the population.
Yes, the program benefit may not cover a large majority of the residents facing housing the price pressures. It may be not the best way to address housing affordability issues in town. But it helps.
If we cannot succeed with the small progress that we have already made, how can we expect to succeed with the whole housing affordability issues in Evanston?
Therefore, we have to admit that we have made a little progress. We just have to continue to build on on our effort.
Regarding alternative strategies, Gaspard wrote:
1) I’m for “tiny homes”, because it gives a sense of independence.
2) I’m not for single-room occupancy units, because this kind of format is best suited for college students, like dormitory.
3) I don’t support relaxing limits on height, because research shows that height restrictions usually tend to have structured the market to help many people but the poor, because it tends to push the rents higher. The poor cannot afford it.
4) Lowing municipal tax burden so residents have more money to spend housing. I’m all for it. Go back to the top question. You will see my plan for doing so.
5 & 6) Job training and economic development: Putting more families on the path toward economic self-efficiency is our priorities. I pledge to advocate for Tax Incremental Financial district program for the 5th Ward. This TIF district would be not for commercial, but rather for affordable housing for low-income families and seniors.
I also pledge to reduce the tax burden on homeowners by stopping Property Tax hike for two years. Meanwhile, It would be requiring companies who want to do busing with us to hire and retain a percentage of their employments of Evanston workers Initiating the possibility of city/local income-tax for high level income.
Note: In his detailed response, Gaspard said he favored some items that he did not check “yes” in responding to the multiple choice question.