If you’re wondering where affordable rental housing is located in Evanston, here’s an answer.
This map shows the location of subsidized rental housing in Evanston with funding through a variety of federal and state programs and through Evanston’s inclusionary housing ordinance.
The map shows properties with project-based vouchers, but not housing choice vouchers accepted by private landlords.
It also does not show “naturally occurring” affordable housing — properties for which asking rents would be considered affordable.
(Two developments on the list, completed several years ago, made “fee in lieu” payments to the city’s inclusionary housing program rather than provide affordable units on site.)
Update 3/8/23: Thanks to tips from several readers we added a number of properties to this story today. But we still may be missing some. If you’re aware of a property that should be added to the list, please let us know.
The city’s existing affordable housing is not distributed equally across the city’s wards. As shown in the chart, the heaviest concentrations are in the 5th, 1st and 4th wards.
The categories include housing for persons with physical disabilities, housing for low income families and individuals, SRO housing for men at the McGaw YMCA, housing for low income seniors, supportive housing for persons with mental issues and transitional housing for those experiencing homelessness.
The first subsidized housing that still exists in Evanston was the men’s residence at the McGaw YMCA, built in the 1920s.
The next burst of construction happened in the 1970s.
It included three large senior housing developments — Jane Perlman Apartments and Victor Walchirk Apartments in the 1st Ward and Ebenezer-Primm Towers in the 5th Ward — plus a collection of 45 scattered site townhomes owned by the Housing Authority of Cook County and the 30-unit Oak Tree Village development east of the Fleetwood-Jourdain Center.
The 1990s saw construction of the 75-unit Jacob Blake Manor senior housing development plus the conversion of several older mid-size buildings to use as affordable housing.
Conversions of market-rate buildings continued in the 1st decade of this century — including the 48 unit Claridge Apartments
In the 2010s the city’s federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant brought 28-units of affordable new construction rentals in the Emerson Square apartments and townhomes as well as 41 units of rehabbed scattered site rentals among other additions to the affordable housing supply.
Starting late in the 2010s and continuing this decade the city’s Inclusionary Housing ordinance has added 63 new affordable units in developments that are mostly market-rate properties.
Of the 202 units “in the pipeline,” 98 are in mixed-income developments, with just over half of those in The Emerson, a Housing Authority of Cook County project planned for 1900 Sherman Ave.