Since the onset of COVID-19 pandemic, many Illinois households have been directly or indirectly affected by the economic fallout leading many to struggle to pay their monthly rent. Illinois stands proud as a model of government helping its people as it has been a national leader in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, overseeing some of the largest rental assistance programs in the country. Since 2020, the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) has delivered $815 million in emergency rental assistance to nearly 110,100 renter households, giving impacted residents the time and support they needed to overcome financial pressures they were experiencing dues to COVID-19 pandemic. Employment rates were improving at the start of 2021 as the state continued to make progress under the Restore Illinois reopening plan1. However, they remained above pre-pandemic levels in the new year, and thousands of Illinois households still reported not being caught up on their rent payments2. More support was needed to help families stay in their homes as the state and economy continued to recover from the pandemic.
Executive Order 2003-18 and the Comprehensive Housing Planning Act (P.A. 94-965) established the statewide comprehensive housing initiative, identifying underserved “priority populations”, and calling for the appointment of a Housing Task Force to improve the planning and coordination of the state’s housing resources. IHDA’s Executive Director is appointed Chair of the state’s Housing Task Force and is joined by a panel of 34 representatives from state agencies and the housing community. Each year the Annual Comprehensive Housing Plan identifies statewide focus activities that guide the state’s activities related to affordable housing planning and development for the year. Each plan also includes an identification of funding sources for which the state has administrative control that are available for housing construction, rehabilitation, preservation, operating or rental subsidies, and supportive services.
For previous years’ reports, please contact Benjamin Fenton at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Affordable Housing Planning and Appeal Act (AHPAA) was signed into law in 2003 to encourage local governments to incorporate affordable housing into their communities. IHDA was named the State-administering agency in the law, and provides tools and updates to aid non-exempt communities in compliance.Communities in Illinois that are found to be non-exempt from the law are required to adopt an Affordable Housing Plan within 18 months from the date of notification of its non-exempt status, and submit a copy of their plan to IHDA within 60 days after its adoption. According to the statute (as amended by P.A. 98-0287), the exemption determination process must be completed by IHDA at least once every five years. Recent changes to the statute allow for more frequent publication of the list with improved availability of appropriate U.S. Census Bureau data.
IHDA is required to submit progress reports to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on a quarterly basis. See the reports below.
The Housing Task Force will at times convene working groups with statewide experts on a specific topic. The result of these working groups is often a report on the group’s findings, observation or recommendations.
The Illinois Housing Task Force, having last released a Supportive Housing Working Group report in 2008, decided to re-establish the Working Group to produce a new report that reflects the environment in 2016. As such, this report defines Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH), provides information on current inventory and unmet need, compares PSH versus institutional costs, identifies potential resources to create PSH, and proposes production goals as well as strategies to improve PSH.