Supporting more balanced, forward-looking housing policies that acknowledge the importance of affordable rental housing and the role that various attributes of housing may play in promoting strong, resilient families and vibrant communities. Read our strategy and the current status of our work


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2016 How Housing Matters Conference

This MacArthur-supported conference brings together practitioners from different sectors to explore ways in which housing is a platform for achieving positive outcomes in health, education, and economic opportunity. Read More

Former Residents of Chicago’s Madden/Wells Public Housing Now Live in Better Housing, Safer Neighborhoods

New research suggests that families that moved from Chicago’s Madden/Wells public housing community now live in better housing and safer neighborhoods. Read More

Study Finds That Rents Are Falling in Cook County

A new study by DePaul University's Institute for Housing Studies, a MacArthur grantee, states that rents have again declined in most housing markets in Cook County in the past year, while there were signs of ... Read More

Illinois Mandates Use of New Affordability Index When Making Public Investments

The Illinois General Assembly passed a bill that requires five state agencies to use the Housing and Transportation Index when planning and making public investment decisions around the state. Read More
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  • Three Case Studies for How Housing Matters



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Valerie Chang

Managing Director, Programs
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Debra Schwartz

Managing Director
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Allison Clark

Associate Director
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Ianna Kachoris

Senior Program Officer
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Mijo Vodopic

Senior Program Officer
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Lucy Blanco

Team Coordinator
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Janice A. Dunbar

Assistant Manager of Grants and Budget
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Louise Powell

Team Coordinator

LaShonda Baldwin

Department Administrator

Media Contact

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Sean Harder

Communications Officer

Evaluation Contact

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Maurice Samuels

Program Officer, Evaluation