More than two months after aldermen voiced support for a number of strategies to provide more affordable housing in Evanston, city staff will ask them for more direction on many of those strategies tonight.
Evanston aldermen approved two vacation rental licenses Monday night, but indicated they may soon impose a moratorium on new short-term rental licenses over fears of how they might change the city's rental housing market.
This week's move by Evanston aldermen to advance affordable housing strategies may have been prompted in part by a lobbying effort from a recently organized coalition of advocacy groups working in the housing field.
Richard Monocchio, executive director of the Housing Authority of Cook County, told aldermen Monday night that Evanston could receive additional subsidized housing assistance from his agency, possibly as soon as next year.
Evanston aldermen agreed Monday to explore a range of ideas for increasing the supply of affordable housing in the city -- from building on city-owned parking lots to creating a rental assistance program funded by real estate transfer taxes.