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What's Going On: Current Opportunities and Activities

January 2018

Regional Housing Initiative (RHI) has operating subsidies available for competitive housing developments in metropolitan Chicago.

BRicK Partners is helping manage the RHI initiative with the region’s public housing authorities and other key partners. Launched by the Metropolitan Planning Council as a pilot more than 10 years ago, RHI is now moving forward under the leadership of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). In 2011, HUD funded a three year initiative focused on refining and expanding RHI, and now those lessons learned continue to be institutionalized as new tools to support CMAP’s GoTo2040 Plan. The final report on the pilot has been completed and submitted to HUD, and you can click here to download the report. Applications are rolling, except those pursuing RHI support for the State’s LIHTC Program. Applicants also seeking 9% LIHTCs for 2018 should email ASAP, and/or call Robin or Karen at 847-268-8633, to discuss the March 1, 2018 LIHTC application. Click here to learn more about RHI.



June 7, 2017

The New York University Furman Center is hosting a forum "By the Numbers: Concentrated Poverty." BRicK’s Robin Snyderman will serve as a panelist discussing poverty and its spatial concentrations. The program is from 4-6pm EST with a reception following from 6-7:30pm EST. Click here to see the video.

March 14, 2017

The annual Governor’s Housing Conference, co-hosted by the Illinois Housing Council and Illinois Housing Development Authority, will be held at the Hyatt on March 13 and March 14th. BRicK’s Robin Snyderman will serve as a panelist in the Policy Session on “Valuing Affordable Housing: The Impact and Benefits” from 2:30 to 4 on March 14. Click here to learn more.

March 7, 2017

As the Twin Cities LISC office hosts its fourth community forum on “Getting the Big Picture Right,” BRicK’s Robin Snyderman will serve as a panelist related to Mixed-Income and Transit-Oriented Development. Click here to learn more.

January 26, 2017

Karen Muchin of BRicK Partners moderated a panel to discuss the current outlook of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program and investor market during these times of uncertainty at the Illinois Housing Council's Networking Breakfast on 1/26/2017.

The Brookings Institution's Confronting Suburban Poverty in America, One Year In

In celebration of the one-year anniversary of the publication of Confronting Suburban Poverty in America, the Brookings Institution began publishing a series of practitioner briefs and case studies to provide a toolkit for practitioners across the country. Click here to access one of the briefs, written by BRicK Partners' Robin Snyderman and Beth Dever, exploring the achievements of the two suburban housing collaboratives in Chicago's south suburbs and west Cook County. Click here for the Brookings Institution blog post highlighting lessons learned from leading innovators on confronting suburban poverty.



Illinois Attorney General Madigan Commits $70 Million to Help Illinois Communities and Residents Hit By Foreclosure Crisis

Karen Muchin and Robin Snyderman are assisting the Illinois Attorney General and her Advisory Council in facilitating this portion of the Illinois Bank Foreclosure Settlement program.

On July 17, 2013, Attorney General Lisa Madigan released this announcement and this more detailed report on organizations and entities awarded funds through the December 21 Request for Qualifications and Proposals. For more information on the July 17th press conference with the Attorney General, click here. Many of these awards are already up and running. For more information on next steps, please don't hesitate to call or email.


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