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Housing Matters: The Importance of Stable, Affordable Housing for Communities and What You Can Do

Presented by


"The League of Women Voters of the United States
believes that one of the goals of social policy in the United States should be to promote self-sufficiency for individuals and families and that the most effective social programs are those designed to prevent or reduce poverty."

Housing Matters: The Importance of Stable, Affordable Housing for Communities and What You Can Do 

Presented  by 

League of Women Voters of the Palatine Area
 League of Women Voters of Glenview-Glencoe

Panel Moderated by
Kathy Cortez
LWVPA Member and LVWIL Issues Specialist

Zoom Meeting 
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 
7:00 PM 

Open to the Public 

Program Description
The lack of decent, stable housing has been shown to have a negative impact on physical and mental health, ability to learn, relationships, security, and funds available for basic needs like food, medication and clothing. In short, it hurts families and limits their opportunities to improve their personal and economic situations.  Many would be surprised to learn how many people in our own backyards are facing housing insecurity. This event will help you understand what is being done in neighboring communities to promote better access to decent housing.

Moderator: Kathy Cortez, LWV Palatine Area Member, LWV Illinois Affordable Housing Issues Specialist, and Director at Housing Opportunity Development Corporation (HODC). Kathy will set the stage for the evening’s discussion by defining the housing problem and creating a common language for talking about housing.  She will also do a brief overview of the impact of affordable housing stock in our local communities.



Kristin Berg and Nan Parson will discuss the grass roots efforts Action Ridge has engaged in to address obstacles to securing affordable housing, including data gathering, meeting with local officials, and influencing community members in Park Ridge. Kristin Berg is LWV Park Ridge member, Board President of Housing Opportunity Development Corporation and Housing Advocate with Action Ridge. Nan Parson is a founding member of Action Ridge in Park Ridge and a LWV Park Ridge member.

Amy Rosenfeld KaufmanDirector of Development and Community Relations at Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH). Amy will introduce CPAH and its role in securing the stock of affordable housing in Lake County and surrounding towns.  In particular, Amy will explain Housing/Land Trusts and how they can be used to improve the opportunity for affordable homeownership across their service area.


ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL.  Many of the resources below provide information about housing plans, causes, and implications for local communities and IL as a whole. Read/watch the following in conjunction with the presentation to learn more about affordable housing in general and to understand your community’s plans to increase and preserve housing in your area.

LWVIL Issues Briefing on Housing 2021 – Experts explore the root causes of inadequate housing, racial implication for housing fairness, and the negative impact of housing insecurity on families.

Village of Palatine Consolidated Action Plan 2021-2024  See pages 18-20 forhousing data and plan

Village of Schaumburg Consolidated Action Plan 2021-2024  See pages 39-41 for housing data and plan

Rolling Meadows Comprehensive Plan 2018  See page 20 for housing data and plan 

Barrington Comprehensive Plan 2020 See page 27 for housing data and plan

Hoffman Estates Comprehensive Plan See page 4 for housing data and plan

Cook County Clerk Lunch and Learn: Housing Matters with Commissioner Britton 


Housing Opportunity Development Center (HODC) Affordable Housing Actions in Palatine

-        SUCCESS!!   Spruce Village at 560 Spruce Drive, Palatine, IL 60074 developed by HODC is a 44-unit affordable housing development that opened in the Fall of 2020. Spruce Village is supportive housing for people living with disabilities. Residents will have access to a full spectrum of supportive services which encourage independent living and are tailored to their individual needs. Under the coordination of HODC, services will be made available through a network of community-based service providers, including case management, life and parenting skills, and employment support.

-        DEFEAT!!  Northpointe Development at 950 Quentin Rd was proposed as a mixed-income development.  It was defeated in July 2021 due to the size of the proposed development relative to the proposed site for the project.  Dozens of residents came out against the development, while Kathy Cortez spoke at the Plan Commission meeting in support of it and other projects like it.  Three other residents also expressed support.



Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 7:00 PM
Zoom Meeting

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Gayle Banakis
Camille Basak
Public Event
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
No Fee

The League of Women Voters of the Palatine Area is a nonpartisan political organization and does not support any political party or candidate.