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The draft Woodlawn Housing Preservation Ordinance from the Department of Housing and Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot has five main goals:
The draft 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 proposed ordinance is available for review now, as is an ordinance summary and a letter from Mayor Lightfoot to the Woodlawn community. Public comment on the proposed ordinance will be accepted through Monday, March 9 at DOH@cityofchicago.org.
The ordinance includes 11 key sections detailing nearly $10 million in funding for each new program to accomplish the above goals. The below summary can act as a useful guide in reviewing the ordinance.
The Department of Housing and the Department of Planning and Development 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 to Department of Housing and Planning staff, and talk with their neighbors. More information on the event is available on the document at right.