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4/22 - Advancing equity through housing and planning: Strategies for “Downstate” Illinois (CM | 1.5)

Updated: Jan 7, 2022

Downstate Illinois has some of the most racially segregated cities in the U.S. Middle- and upper-income households, especially White households, often live in neighborhoods and jurisdictions with good options for work, education, and recreation. Low-income households, especially those whose members are Black and Latino, live disproportionately in older housing and neighborhoods, often in areas that bear toxic industrial legacies. Their city and village governments lack sufficient resources to invest in these neighborhood adequately and at times have simply abandoned them. Because so many low-income people rent their housing, especially low-income people of color, restrictive zoning often keeps them from finding a place to live in the suburbs, where apartments are often scarce and expensive, while cities and villages host most of their regions’ rental housing and almost all of the assisted housing.

On this panel, presented by the University of Illinois at Urban Champaign Department of Urban and Regional Planning to complement the 2021 llinois State Section Spring Conference, hear from experts on housing and planning from a range of perspectives.

  • DATE: April 22, 2021

  • TIME: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm CST

  • PLACE: Online via Zoom

  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: CM | 1.5 (after the event, submit CM here)

Please note: registration for this webinar is seperate from the 2021 Illinois State Section Spring Conference registration. You must register for both to attend both events.



Jarrod Elwell, Senior Director of Strategy and Implementation with Enterprise Advisors at Enterprise Community Partners, will address how practitioners in housing and planning can design strategies to increase opportunity and amenity in disinvested areas and to make high-amenity areas more accommodating to low-income and racialized minority populations.

Kristin Faust, Executive Director of the Illinois Housing Development Agency (IHDA), will describe IHDA’s role in advancing equity through its affordable housing planning and funding decisions.

Nina Idemudia, AICP, Assistant Commissioner for the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development and the President-elect of the Illinois chapter of APA, will address how the APA, especially APA-IL, can advance equity through housing and planning.

Matthew Rejc, AICP, Manager of Neighborhood Services at the City of Racine, WI, will describe lessons learned from his work for the City of Urbana in building a partnership for fair-housing planning among local governments and public housing authorities in the Champaign-Urbana area.

The session will be moderated by Dr. Andrew Greenlee, Associate Professor in the Department of Urban & Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


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