The West Cook County Housing Collaborative has leveraged funding from a variety of public and private sources to make a positive impact within the member communities. By combining resources and sharing staff, WCCHC has achieved efficiencies in developing and providing housing that is affordable and sustainable.
- In 2010-11, WCCHC rehabbed a 26-unit foreclosed building in Maywood, using a $3.2 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) grant from Cook County. WCCHC sold the apartment building to a non-profit organization to own and operate. Half of the units are affordable to very-low income households, with the other half affordable to moderate-income households. The NSP grant also funded WCCHC to acquire, rehab and resell three single-family homes in Bellwood to moderate-income families.
- WCCHC secured funding for 100 affordable homeownership opportunities through a $4.3 million grant from Illinois Department of Commerce and Opportunity. In the first phase, WCCHC will acquire 27 foreclosed homes that have negatively impacted the surrounding neighborhood. The West Cook Advantage Homeownership Program began with Bellwood, Forest Park and Maywood and will expand to all five communities after the first phase. Under this major rehabilitation program, all homes are sold to moderate-income buyers. See our homebuyer page for more information.
- WCCHC secured a highly competitive grant that will support the creation of approximately 100 multifamily units over the next three years. The $2.9 million Sustainable Communities Challenge Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Economic Development will seed a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Loan Fund. The TOD Loan Fund is structured to provide predevelopment or acquisition financing to developers of mixed-use and mixed-income housing close to transit stations. See or developer page for more information.
- WCCHC has brought in planning expertise and technical assistance to inform its development efforts. In 2012, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning completed the Homes for a Changing Region report, which will help guide future housing plans across the five communities. WCCHC also secured funding for its communities to update or create brand new comprehensive plans, all of which will have a common focus on improving areas around transit stops.
- WCCHC received a 2013 Vision Award from the Urban Land Institute Chicago (ULI). The award recognizes organizations for outstanding performance in real estate development for the Chicagoland area. Awardees are evaluated on how their projects and programs highlight creative development practices, inventive partnerships or sharing of resources, imaginative problem solving, and visionary ideas that have contributed to the growth of vibrant communities.