Chicago Programs Helping to Expand the Supply of 2 to 4 Unit Properties in Black and Latino Neighborhoods

Blog post by Institute for Housing Studies
May 1, 2023

Institute for Housing Studies   (Chicago)

One of the key conclusions of our latest report, Recent Homebuying Patterns for 2 to 4 Unit Properties was the importance of 2 to 4 unit buildings for Black and Latino homebuyers. The study found that Black and Latino homebuyers were more likely to purchase 2 to 4 unit properties compared to other borrowers and that there was strong demand for owner-occupied 2 to 4s in neighborhoods on the South and West Sides of the city. However, in recent years, the supply of 2 to 4s in many Chicago neighborhoods has shrunk, highlighting an urgent need to preserve and expand their number.

This blog reviews several programs in Chicago that showcase efforts to create a supply of affordable, for-sale housing in neighborhoods that have struggled for decades with disinvestment-related challenges. While these programs are not exclusively focused on 2 to 4s, they can be leveraged to preserve existing 2 to 4s, rehab vacant ones, or build new affordable buildings to broaden housing options for future homebuyers.