"Affordable Homes... Today and Tomorrow!"

COMMUNITY PARTNERS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING (CPAH) IS A NONPROFIT 501(C)(3) ORGANIZATION THAT PROVIDES PERMANENTLY AFFORDABLE HOUSING (both ownership and rental) for community members who struggle to meet their basic human need of housing. CPAH helps bridge the gap between the high cost of housing and the incomes of many low- to moderate-income households who live and work in the community - healthcare workers, school employees, retail staff, childcare providers, seniors, municipal employees, nonprofit staff, persons with disabilities and other community members experiencing personal or economic hardships.

CPAH currently partners with the cities of Highland Park, Evanston and Lake Forest in order to address affordable housing in a best-practice, regional and collaborative approach. The organization is widely recognized as a leader throughout the region. CPAH operates the first community land trust program in Illinois and remains at the forefront of perpetually affordable housing. We invite you to learn more about the organization and to get involved today.



  • Provides housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income households
  • Rehabilitates problem or blighted properties in the community
  • Promotes cultural and economic diversity
  • Creates valuable workforce housing
  • Preserves the community’s existing housing stock and neighborhood character
  • Develops an inventory of housing in the community that will remain affordable forever to assist future families
  • Assists local businesses to attract and retain employees
  • Promotes live-near-work housing which helps alleviate traffic congestion and the environmental impacts associated with long commutes
  • Helps communities comply with the Illinois Affordable Housing Planning and Appeal Act
  • Encourages workers to live and spend their incomes in the local economy
  • Provides employment opportunities for local contractors
  • Maximizes the cost-effectiveness of public and private investment for long-term community benefit

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Current Spotlight:

Meet Kim Ulbrich, CPAH's New Executive Director

C​PAH is thrilled to welcome Kim Ulbrich as Executive Director. She​​ brings passion and extensive experience in affordable housing to CPAH​. Most recently, ​Kim served as a Community Development Specialist for McHenry County Planning and Development. Before joining McHenry County, ​Kim worked as a Project Manager with the Corporation for Affordable Homes of McHenry County.

"Kim's experience, leadership and passion for affordable housing ensure that CPAH will continue to provide life changing opportunities through affordable housing," remarked CPAH Board President Janice Goldblatt.

Kim added that "​CPAH's reputation is unparalleled, and I am excited to continue its great work. I look forward to working with CPAH and its supporters, residents and funders to continue improving lives."

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Picture this - a family of six - mother, father and 4 sons coming together to celebrate Thanksgiving. But two days before the holiday, at a time when dad cooked his most delicious meals, dad (my husband) suddenly drops dead from a heart attack. My sons and I muddled through the thickness of grief, trying to move forward. We were no longer able to afford housing. I learned about CPAH and I attended an information session. For the first time in a very long time, I felt hope. My CPAH experience is and will always be the most amazing and important turning point in my family’s journey. Today, two and a half years after learning about CPAH, we continue to cope with our loss, but the waters are calm. CPAH changed our lives and offered the opportunity to rebuild and achieve stability.



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