Tuesday, April 30, 2013
In a poll Lake Forest Patch published last week, 19 readers said cheaper housing would diminish Lake Forest as an affluent community. Fifteen disagreed.
Should there be more affordable housing options in Lake Forest? Not according to Patch readers. In a poll Lake Forest Patch published last week, 19 readers said cheaper housing would diminish Lake Forest as an affluent community. Fifteen disagreed, voting "No, I shouldn't have to be a millionaire to live in Lake Forest." The question was put forward in light of an April 18 community engagement forum at the Gorton Community Center, which gathered residents and real estate agents to discuss the types of housing in town. "Lake Forest was designed with the more successful and affluent in mind," writes Mindy D. "For those who think they are 'entitled' to move in with them as opposed to working for it, get a life!" Another reader suggested that …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The city hosted a public forum last week to gauge residents on whether the community offered enough diverse housing options. Residents had mixed feelings.
The City of Lake Forest put the question out there—"Do you feel that Lake Forest has an adequate variety and supply of housing options?" Residents and real estate agents attended an April 18 community engagement forum at the Gorton Community Center to offer their response. Some said they felt the city's housing stock wasn't accommodating to the less affluent and younger families who will end up looking elsewhere, while others argued cheaper housing would hurt their property values, reported the Chicago Tribune. One resident reportedly said she didn't want families living in Lake Forest who could not afford it, according to the Tribune's story. In a Patch story posted prior to the forum on April 15, residents weighed in on the diversified …
Monday, April 15, 2013
The City of Lake Forest seeks resident input on housing options at a community engagement forum at Gorton Community Center Thursday.
Monday, April 15
Do you feel that Lake Forest has an adequate variety and supply of housing options? Should development of additional housing options be encouraged? Considering the housing options that are currently available, does the community need more of some options and less of others? These are a few of the questions the City of Lake Forest is asking residents to consider in preparation for a community engagement forum to be held 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at the Gorton Community Center. Resident input will be sought to assist the city in pursuing goals established by the recently adopted City of Lake Forest Strategic Plan. Over the past few decades, different types of housing have been constructed in Lake Forest, including large single family …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
More than 25 people applied for the city’s first two units.
Joy Gayter had lived in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff for 24 years before a divorce forced her to sell the family home at a loss. Her two daughters were already in college, but she was determined to keep her youngest in the school district in which he grew up. For a year and a half, she rented a home at a price she described as “outrageously expensive,” eating through what savings she had. Then she saw an ad looking for people interested in affordable housing. “I didn’t know anything like this existed,” Gayter said. “It’s a great program, and I think it’s really helpful for people in my position.” Gayter applied for the program, and on May 12, she and her son moved into a new home on McKinley Road, one of the first two affordable housing …
Monday, May 21, 2012
First two units help give credence to program, dissipate concerns.
After a successful pilot that turned two blighted single-family homes into affordable housing units, the Lake Forest City Council approved at its May 7 meeting the addition of three more homes for residents and local employees who could not afford to stay in Lake Forest. “I’m very proud that Lake Forest has moved forward on this,” said Tom Morsch, a member of the Lake Forest housing trust and former alderman. “I’m proud that the City Council has continued to support efforts in this sphere going forward.” The council voted to devote $225,000 to purchasing the homes, continuing its partnership with the Highland Park-based nonprofit Community Partners for Affordable Housing. Affordable Housing Advisory Board Chairman Michael Burns said the …
Thursday, May 12, 2011
The Housing Trust will partner with a local not-for-profit agency to carry out initiative.
Lake Forest’s Housing Trust Committee has already received several inquiries regarding its recently approved scattered site affordable housing plan, according to President Michael Burns. “There definitely is a need in the community,” he said. The city has partnered with Community Partners for Affordable Housing, a regional not-for-profit agency that has worked with other neighboring municipalities, including Highland Park, on similar scatter-site affordable housing projects. The pilot program will allow the Housing Trust to acquire vacant, or blighted homes in the city, and renovate them for long term owner occupied affordable housing units. Since the city council approved the partnership last week, the Housing Trust has begun looking to …
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Community Partners for Affordable Housing has history in Highland Park.
The Lake Forest Housing Trust Committee gave a preliminary presentation of a pilot program to purchase blighted homes within the city for scattered site affordable housing units at Monday night's City Council meeting. Based on a recommendation last year by the city council, the committee is tasked with finding affordable housing opportunities within Lake Forest. The program will support the acquisition of two existing single-family homes in the city to be rehabilitated for long-term owner occupied affordable housing units. To assist their efforts, the Housing Trust has proposed partnering with Community Partners for Affordable Housing, a regional not-for-profit agency that has worked with other neighboring municipalities, including …
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Board's expansion includes employers in city, seniors, and Ward representation.
This morning (March 8) will be the first time the Lake Forest Housing Trust Board will meet with four new people seated at the table. Last month, the Lake Forest City Council approved the appointment of seven members to the board, which previously had only three seats. “We have a lot more talent at the table to execute the mission of the Housing Trust,” explained Third Ward Alderman Tom Morsch, who serves as a liaison between the board and the city council. The Housing Trust is tasked with finding more affordable housing opportunities within the city. Among those on the new Housing Trust Board are representatives from some of the major employers in Lake Forest. New member Matt Koschman is the vice president of Planning and Business …
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
City council gives preliminary approval to new ordinance despite objections.
Lake Forest's Housing Trust Board is expected to more than double the size of its membership, as it continues with its mission to find greater affordable housing opportunities within the city. City council members approved the first reading of an ordinance amending the city's code pertaining to the Housing Trust by a 4-3 vote Monday night, paving the way for its current allowed membership of three to increase to seven members in 2011. "I think the improvement is it would bring more people to the table," said Mayor James Cowhey, who added new members could include representatives from Lake Forest Hospital, Conway Business Park, Lake Forest College, and the Senior Resource Commission, all of whom have expressed a great deal of interest in …
Saturday, December 4, 2010
It's a government handout and a burden to taxpayers.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
By Aimee Messner With regard to the ongoing discussion on Affordable Housing, I wanted to send my thoughts regarding this issue and why I'm opposed to Affordable Housing--whether it's here in Lake Forest or anywhere in the state of Illinois. In my opinion, it's a matter of a government handout (to those willing to take it) versus the honest, law abiding taxpayer (who ends up footing the bill--now and in the many years ahead). First, there is the matter of "is Lake Forest above having Affordable Housing" and do we appear 'uncaring' if we don't have it in our community? Lake Forest isa caring community whose taxpayers currently support a Senior Center, CROYA (a youth organization), a park and recreation center for all citizens, a Chamber of …