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Opportunity Investment Fund Approved

8/1/2018, noon | Updated on 8/1/2018, noon
A $30 million housing fund will enhance affordability in high-cost neighborhoods through a new developer incentive program introduced by Mayor ...
Rham Emanuel

Opportunity Investment Fund Approved

A $30 million housing fund will enhance affordability in high-cost neighborhoods through a new developer incentive program introduced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and approved recently by City Council.

The Opportunity Investment Fund will provide low-cost loans to purchasers of multi-family buildings in targeted areas in exchange for the buyer’s commitment to make at least 20 percent of the units affordable for at least 15 years.

“When the public sector, private sector and non-profits work together we can create stronger communities and make affordable choices available for all Chicagoans,” said Mayor Emanuel.

The program will preserve an estimated 300 affordable units in the target areas, which have less than 20 percent of residents living below the poverty level. The affordable units could be leased to tenants making up to 50 percent of the area median income, which ranges from $29,600 for one person to $42,300 for a family of four.

The program will be administered by the non-profit Community Investment Corporation, with funding provided by the City’s Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund, MB Financial Bank, and other public and private sources. The program’s structure was developed with the cooperation of CIBC Bank USA, BMO Harris Bank, Byline Bank and TCF Bank.

“By providing developers with low cost equity, the Opportunity Investment Fund will quickly and efficiently create affordable units in strong markets,” CIC President John G. Markowski said.

The initiative will work cooperatively with the CHA’s Housing Choice Voucher Program, which provides rental subsidies to tenants that reside in privately owned buildings.