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  • Greystone program expands its vintage housing reach

    Greystone program expands its vintage housing reach
    Teaching Chicagoans to spell "greystone" with an "e" rather than an "a" was merely one of the fringe benefits of the Historic Chicago Greystone Initiative, begun in spring 2006 by Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago.
  • Research links affordable housing to children's test scores

    Research links affordable housing to children's test scores
    The conference was about affordable housing, but the keynote speech was about children and test scores and the role that housing plays in them. The standard rule of thumb for any family, struggling or not, is to spend no more than 30 percent of...

    What are Chicago's hottest neighborhoods?

    What are Chicago's hottest neighborhoods?
    The story of a handsome brick bungalow with a touch of green trim in Elmwood Park may not be the norm. But neither is it the exception in a local housing market that is putting up some strong numbers in some surprising corners. The updated two-bedroom...

    Fannie, Freddie to discount blighted homes in Chicago, Cook County

     Fannie, Freddie to discount blighted homes in Chicago, Cook County
    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are embarking on an ambitious pilot program designed to remove thousands of vacant, foreclosed homes from their books and repair neighborhoods throughout Chicago and suburban Cook County. The two agencies, which own more...