Housing

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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Congress Adopts Grantee Formula for Funding Housing Vouchers

Congress has adopted a new formula to distribute funding for Section 8 vouchers, which is also known as the Housing Choice Voucher Program. These vouchers allow very low-income families to choose and lease or purchase safe ... Read More
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Jonathan Fanton on Affordable Housing (MacArthur Video)

Jonathan Fanton, president of the MacArthur Foundation, discusses the need for more research on the link between housing and other outcomes for children and families, such as education, health care, and employment.

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Jonathan Fanton on Affordable Housing (MacArthur Video)

Jonathan Fanton, president of the MacArthur Foundation, discusses the Preservation Compact, a city-wide effort to stem the loss of affordable rental housing in the Chicago area.

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Interview with Jonathan Fanton: Building a Better Housing Policy

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton talks with Shelterforce magazine about the Foundation's new initiative to help reframe the national conversation about how housing matters in people's lives. Read More

Commentary by Julia Stasch: Sound Labor Base Depends in Part on Affordable Rentals

MacArthur Vice President Julia Stasch discusses how condominium conversions, deferred maintenance, rising operating costs and expiration of long-term federal subsidies all contribute to housing losses. Read More
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Window of Opportunity: Preserving Affordable Rental Housing

Almost all of us are renters at some point in our lives. Today, one-third of  U.S. households, 37 million, rent their homes—from new college graduates to aging seniors and young families saving to buy ... Read More

Remarks by Debra Schwartz, Director, Teleconference announcement of Wachovia NEXT Awards for Opportunity Finance

MacArthur Director of Program-Related Investments Debra Schwartz announces the Foundation's support for the Wachovia NEXT Awards for Opportunity Finance. Read More

Reversing Chicago's Loss of Affordable Rental Housing

Area real estate, finance, philanthropic, non-profit and governmental leaders unveiled a joint program to reverse dramatic losses in the region’s affordable rental stock. Read More
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The Preservation Compact: A Rental Housing Action Plan for Cook County

From the Foreword: Guided by the Urban Land Institute and supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Preservation Compact has brought together leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build ... Read More

The State of Rental Housing in Cook County: Current Conditions & Forecast

As of 2005, there were approximately 2 million housing units in Cook County, and 835,000 of these were rentals. Of these, only 353,000 are considered “affordable”—renting for less than $750 per month.1 ... Read More
  • The Preservation Compact: A Rental Housing Action Plan for Cook County

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  • Three Case Studies for How Housing Matters

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Staff

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Valerie Chang

Managing Director, Programs
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Allison Clark

Associate Director, Impact Investments
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Ianna Kachoris

Senior Program Officer
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Mijo Vodopic

Senior Program Officer

Marion Goldfinger

Senior Grants Manager, Impact Investments
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Mindy Martinez

Coordinator

Media Contact

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Sean Harder

Communications Officer

Evaluation Contact

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Maurice Samuels

Program Officer