Community Revitalization

Community Revitalization

Community Revitalization is the implementation of intentional efforts that are likely to lead to measurable increases in access to employment, living wage jobs, healthcare, supportive services, community amenities, transportation, quality and affordable housing stock.  Community Revitalization plays a prominent role in ensuring the health and success of Illinois communities, and therefore, IHDA is a strong proponent of these processes.

There are three different areas of Community Revitalization which include Economic Development, Housing Development and Community Development.  Examples of each are listed below.


IHDA’s Role in Community Revitalization

IHDA is committed to expanding the capacity of underserved communities in Illinois to identify local housing needs and to empower those communities to take steps to meet those needs. By providing Community Revitalization strategies and technical assistance to communities, IHDA believes that it will be increasing capacity on multiple fronts. Primarily, it will be contributing to the expansion of local leaders’ capacity to see affordable housing as part of their community’s growth, and to include a variety of such opportunities in their plans. Housing developers will also benefit from this activity, as the plans developed by or in conjunction with IHDA’s Community Revitalization Strategies technical assistance will help to provide a clearer path through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) process. Investors will be able to connect to and potentially utilize the market analysis tools and funding sources identified by the strategy.  In addition to LIHTC, IHDA also implements a range of grants and programs designed to meet communities’ needs that can be connected to through the Community Revitalization Program.


IHDA employs two full-time Community Revitalization Planning Specialists (CRPSs) who are available to work with you and your community to discuss your current or desired plans for promoting revitalization and development in your community. Regardless of where you are in the process of community revitalization, IHDA’s CRPSs can provide technical assistance to you in the following ways:

  • Economic Development
  • Understand the guidelines for preparing Community Revitalization Strategies on your Low Income Housing Tax Credit application
  • Coordinate with other state, regional, and federal agencies who may be able to meet your community’s needs
  • Strategically plan for future tax credit development sites
  • Gain expertise regarding housing development, planning processes, and utilizing governmental resources
  • Connect to market analysis tools that help communities understand and predict trends in their areas, particularly related to housing
  • Begin the process of intergovernmental/multi-jurisdictional coordination and planning
  • Strategize future planning and investment in your community

To start the Community Revitalization process, reach out via email to or complete the Community Revitalization Technical Assistance Request Form below:

Community Revitalization Technical Assistance Request Form

Community Needs Assessment Survey

Community Revitalization Technical Assistance Request Form

Please complete this Community Revitalization Technical Assistance Reques to start the Community Revitalization Strategy process. When completed,  please submit this form to The Community Revitalization committee will evaluate each request to identify the next steps for you and your respective community.

For questions on this form or with your request, please contact

Community Revitalization Planning Checklist

Checklist used to help guide you in formulating your CR plan.  This checklist helps define the basic plan components of ‘community participation’, ‘adoption, approval, or local champion’, ‘concerted effort for a specific community/neighborhood’, ‘consideration of affordable housing’ and ‘economic development integration.

Community Revitalization Flyer

One page flyer that provides an overall summary of IHDA’s Community Revitalization process and includes Community Revitalization Planning Specialist (CRPS) contact information.


This document provides answers to frequently asked questions about IHDA’s Community Revitalization Strategy Process including technical assistance, and Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Application and Scoring. This FAQ sheet is meant to serve as a general guide and may be updated from time to time. Please reach out to IHDA’s Community Revitalization team at with additional questions.

 Community Needs Assessment Survey

Your participation in this Community Needs Assessment Survey will help our agency and your community strategize for future planning and investment, and identify community needs and goals. The survey first considers several community characteristics such as: Mobility, Community Life, Economy, Education and Wellness, and lastly, Community Engagement and Initiatives. The second portion of the survey further assesses your community input.

The survey is completely anonymous, and does not collect any identifying information. You should be able to complete the survey in under 10 minutes.

Stakeholder Planning

Please use this form to evaluate the stakeholders currently involved in your project. Write out our strategies and ideas to address the sectors which are missing stakeholder coverage, if applicable to the project

Housing Stock Survey Training Video

IHDA conducts Housing Stock Surveys in partnership with communities through its proactive planning program. Housing Stock Surveys help to collect information about an area’s building stock, and detail conditions about residential structures. These surveys can help communities identify their needs and priorities, as well as access resources to address them. IHDA currently utilizes ArcGIS Collector to conduct its Housing Stock Surveys. If you are assisting a community that has partnered with IHDA to conduct a Housing Stock Survey, please access the training video linked above for details about how to complete your survey.


2020-2021 Thresholds and Scoring Criteria

This document describes how community revitalization strategies can meet Authority thresholds standards and competitively score under the competitive 9% LIHTC round in conjunction with the QAP.

Threshold Requirements for 4% and 9% LIHTC Projects

Low Income Housing Tax Credit projects (4% and 9%) that fall within a Qualified Census Tract (QCT) and/or a HUD-designated Racially/Ethnically Concentrated Area of Poverty (R/ECAP) are required to meet the minimum thresholds for Community Revitalization Strategies as outlined in the 2020-2021 Thresholds and Scoring Criteria.

Use this checklist to gather all mandatory documentation to satisfy the threshold requirements