Affordable homes for our community...
now and in the future

PROVIDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN HIGHLAND PARK, HIGHWOOD, LAKE FOREST and EVANSTON

COMMUNITY PARTNERS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING (CPAH) is a nonprofit that provides permanently affordable housing (both ownership and rental) for those who struggle to meet their basic human need of housing.  CPAH is one of the few entities addressing the lack of safe, decent affordable housing in the region and it is the only entity that builds a permanent inventory of housing which will remain affordable forever to address the communities; current and future affordable housing needs.

  • 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. 
  • People need affordable housing for myriad reasons. There are those whose jobs don’t pay enough to secure safe, decent housing in the community, and there are those, for instance, who experienced a change of circumstances such as divorce or loss of a household income earner. Whatever the reason, safe, decent affordable housing is a basic human need and an anchor.

CPAH currently partners with the cities of Highland Park, Evanston, Lake Forest and Highwood in order to address affordable housing. 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 permanently affordable housing. 

 

BENEFITS TO THE COMMUNITY

  • Provides housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income households
  • Rehabilitates problem or blighted properties in the community
  • Develops an inventory of housing in the community that will remain affordable forever to assist family after family
  • Maximizes the cost-effectiveness of public and private investment for long-term community benefit
  • Promotes cultural and economic diversity
  • Preserves the community’s existing housing stock
  • Assists local businesses to attract and retain employees
  • Creates valuable workforce housing
  • Helps communities comply with the Illinois Affordable Housing Planning and Appeal Act
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CPAH Spotlight:

Craig & Nicia's Story

This is our story of how CPAH helped us turn our lives around and change directions.

We were earning enough income from our jobs that we were able to start saving for a home. Our second baby was on the way and while we weren't entirely secure, we felt we were making progress.

Then Nicia, along with hundreds of others at her company, unexpectedly lost her job of 13 years. Suddenly, we went from two incomes for our family of three, to one income for what would soon be our family of four. To make matters worse, with winter coming, Craig's hours as a truck driver were reduced. Since the rent for our townhome was now out of reach, we looked for a one-bedroom apartment, but we couldn't find decent, affordable housing.

For for the first time, we went into credit card debt to meet our monthly expenses. We were sinking and no matter what we tried, could not change directions. We felt hopeless.

Then we heard about CPAH. We quickly learned that CPAH had thrown us a life preserver. CPAH encouraged us and helped us through the application process. When we were fully qualified, we thought that maybe this was our chance to change directions.

When we walked into the home that would eventually become ours, it was unbelievable. Could this really be a home for our family? The answer was a life-changing yes. Now we have a safe, affordable, permanent place to call home and are optimistic about our future. Our expenses are manageable, and we are part of a wonderful community. Thank you CPAH!


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