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Issue Paper: Impact of Olympics on Affordable Housing

Coalition for Equitable Community Development. Promoting an economically and racially diverse community in Hyde Park--Kenwood

Position Paper:

Issue: Impact of Olympics on Affordable Housing

Many residents are concerned that the 2016 Olympics, if they are held in Chicago, will have a negative impact on the affordability of housing in th Hyde Park-Kenwood Community as well as other areas adjacent to Olympic venues.

Based on the experience of other host cities (such as Atlanta and Barcelona), CECD believes that this is a real concern. We are working with other community organizations to create a Community Benefits Agreement that will address issues such as housing affordability. The CECD board of directors has approved the following position statement on the issue:

CECD's Position

To minimize economic displacement of families living in the area:

1. Mandate that at least 1/3 of Olympic Village units be made into affordable housing after the Olympics.


2. If a TIF is created for the Olympic Village, create an advisory council of local residents and make affordable housing a priority for TIF funds.

3. For all developments approved after October 2, 2009 within two miles of the Olympic Village or the Olympic stadium, require 20% affordable housing set aside (see attached map). This is an increase over the current city ordinance that requires a 10% affordable set aside for new residential construction.

[A map was attached drawing a two mile radius around the Olympic Village and Olympic Stadium. Hyde Park, Kenwood are included in the Stadium circle.]