PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

BUREAU OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Susan Campbell , Director

312.603.1033

susan.campbell@cookcountyil.gov

Mission

The Cook County Department of Planning and Development is committed to cultivating sustainable communities by fostering economic opportunities and business development; preserving and expanding the supply of safe, decent, and affordable housing; facilitating infrastructure improvements; promoting fair housing; and supporting social services and programs that address the problems of homelessness.

Mandates

The following three federal regulations govern the entitlement grants that are provided to Cook County via an annual formula from the U.S.Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These grants: HOME, CDBG, and ESG are restricted for use within suburban Cook County.

HOME Investment Partnership Act (42 U.S.C. 1207 et seq.)
Subtitle B of Title IV of the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11371 et seq.)
Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974,as amended (42 U.S.C 5301 et seq.)

Key Activities and Services

  • Supports the expansion of economic opportunities
  • Supports sustainable community investment
  • Implements affordable housing strategies
  • Supports social service and homelessness programs
  • Improves performance and capacity of grants management personnel

Discussion of 2017 Department and Program Outcomes

Better leverage federal entitlement resources to support community and economic development investments: The decline in federal funds makes it imperative to leverage federal funds by engaging with other public and private partners to develop affordable housing, jobs and business growth in communities primed for opportunity. Federal funds will be targeted to catalytic developments in areas where partnerships bring the critical mass for substantial improvements. Leverage has significantly increased funding compared to the prior year. Expand the resources available to complete community development projects throughout Cook County. The Department expanded its use of tax exempt bonds to fund affordable housing and will seek to further broaden the tools and resources available for development in suburban Cook County by aggressively pursuing new resources individually or with partner organizations and supporting efforts to create new revenue streams. In addition to the substantial grant resources from the CDBG-DR grant of 2014, the Department won another competitive grant from HUD in 2017 and continues to pursue new opportunities and work toward attracting additional resources to the suburbs. Track the impact of investments across Cook County: In a time of declining resources, demonstrating success becomes increasingly important. The Department is developing mapping and reporting mechanisms to help articulate the success of efforts to effectively manage resources and coordinate investments across its own funding programs and with municipal, non-profit and private partners.

Budget, Cost Analysis and 2018 Strategic Initiatives and Goals

The Department of Planning and Development is the division of Cook County government identified to receive federal entitlement dollars from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These funds are used to operate affordable housing, community development and economic development programs to improve the quality of life for low to moderate income people and/or communities within suburban Cook County. Leveraged with our other economic tools and incentives these funds enable the Department of Planning and Development to promote and enhance economic stability in some of the county’s most vulnerable areas. Key programs supported by our grant programs include funding for public infrastructure (roads, sewer and water) projects; funding assistance to not-for-profit social service, planning and economic development agencies; funding for programs to prevent homelessness and to shelter and service the homeless; funding to invest in and create more affordable housing units in suburban Cook County and funding to assist in repairing and mitigating the effects of flooding.

2018 Strategic Initiatives and Goals are:

  • Preparation of the County’s Assessment of Fair Housing Plan, a federally mandated fair housing plan to limit barriers to affordable housing and encourage the development of more affordable housing units (projected # of residents impacted: 1,250,000)
  • Increase the number of businesses served throughenhanced utilization of economic development tools and funds (projected # ofbusinesses served: 76)
  • Assist vulnerable neighborhoods and residents with strategic use of our HUD CDBG and ESG service grant dollars (projected #of residents served: 52,000)