Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund
The Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund is a 501(c)3 established by City Council to provide rental assistance to residents living in poverty (receiving 30% or lower of the area median income). CLIHTF is financed by fees developers benefitting from city incentives (such as TIF money) pay in lieu of including affordable housing units in their planned development. The 15-member board is appointed by the mayor.
Because the Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, it considers itself a "quasi-public" body not subject to all of the requirements under the Open Meetings Act. It was, however, created by City Council ordinance, is governed by a mayor-appointed board and operates on funds collected under the Affordable Requirements Ordinance.
Grades are based on information from December 2019
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