Welcome to our community feed, which showcases the Chicago Flats Initiative’s latest work to support two- to four-flat renters and property owners and preserve this vital part of the city’s housing stock.

January 31, 2024

Landlords and Tenants of Two-to-Four-Unit Buildings in Chicago

Urban Institute & Chicago Flats Initiative

This report analyzes novel survey data and focus group interviews to develop a better understanding of the conditions and pressures facing both landlords and tenants in two- to four-flats. Follow the link below to read the report.

August 22, 2023

Strategies for Creating and Preserving Small Multi-Unit Housing

Chicago Flats Initiative

The Chicago Flats Initiative convened affordable housing practitioners from the Building Equity Initiative (Minneapolis), Local Rental Owners Collaborative (Southern California), and Chicago Flats Initiative to discuss strategies for developing and preserving small-unit buildings. Follow the link below to receive notifications about future discussions hosted by the CFI.

June 12, 2024

How Mayor Brandon Johnson Can Advance Homeownership

Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago

Read Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago’s open letter to the new Mayor on how to address the racial wealth and homeownership gaps in Chicago, such as by expanding access to flexible purchase subsidies for owner-occupant buyers of two- to four-flats.

June 8, 2023

Are You Ready to Be a Landlord?

Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago

Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago just launched its latest financial empowerment course, “Are You Ready to Be a Landlord?” This two-part series will highlight what it takes to be a landlord and take you through the steps of how to finance a two- to four-flat.