Woodlawn Housing Preservation Ordinance
Updated Aug. 17, 2021
The Woodlawn Housing Preservation Ordinance from the Department of Housing and Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot has five main goals:
The ordinance mandates affordability requirements on all rental and for-sale housing developed on City-owned residential land. It also appropriates roughly $4.5 million — and leverages another $5 million in loan funds — to various programs that will assist with rehabilitation of existing affordable housing.
Finally, it creates a Right of First Refusal Pilot Program in the neighborhood that would require an owner of a building with 10 or more units to give tenants an exclusive opportunity to make an offer on the property prior to its sale. The ordinance gives tenants a 90-day window to buy the property once the landlord receives an offer from a third-party buyer.
At least 30 days prior to listing or otherwise offering the property for sale, the owner must provide written notice of intent to sell the property to the tenant association, or to each tenant, if no association exists and complete and post the Notice of Intent to Sell Property form at all public entrances to the property.
The ordinance was drafted in consultation with local aldermen and neighborhood organizations. The Chicago City Council adopted the ordinance in September 2020.
Questions and comments on the ordinance can be directed to WoodlawnHousing@cityofchicago.org.
Key components of the ordinance include:
Community Engagement and Planning Sessions
The Department of Housing (DOH) hosted six working group meetings providing an opportunity for residents to learn more about housing and planning efforts in the community. The meetings
are available for replay below. DOH and the Department of Planning and Development also co-hosted a community open house on Jan. 30, 2020 at Hyde Park Academy High School. The open house
was an opportunity for residents to learn more about the proposed programs, offer feedback, and talk with their neighbors. More information on the event is available on the document at right.
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