Affordable & Workforce Housing
Affordable & Workforce Housing Resource Guide
The Village has created an Affordable and Workforce Housing Resource Guide (PDF). The Resource Guide provides a list of state and local agencies and nonprofit organizations that promote affordable housing opportunities and options.
One Deerfield Place
Village staff continues discussions with One Deerfield Place, an affordable senior and disabled housing development on Osterman Avenue west of the Deerfield Post Office, and the Housing Opportunity Development Corporation (HODC). Staff is working with One Deerfield Place on how to best utilize the private funds they have accumulated for affordable housing in Deerfield. No taxpayer funds are involved.
One Deerfield Place wants to accomplish 2 goals with their funding. One goal is a larger project, such as a new building or rehabbing existing buildings. The other goal is to use some of their funding for smaller programs, such as roof repair, real estate tax assistance, new windows, grab bars and accessibility improvements as a way to help someone with low income stay in their home.
Accessibility Grant Program
Village staff has worked with the West Deerfield Township and One Deerfield Place to begin to use some of One Deerfield Place’s funds for a new accessibility grant program. In October 2010, One Deerfield Place agreed to fund West Deerfield Township's new disability grant program. One Deerfield Place approved an initial $10,000 in support of the West Deerfield Township disability grant program, and agreed to fund the Township program further if the pilot program was a success.
Senior Subsidy Program
One Deerfield Place has provided $10,000 in funding to the Village’s Senior Subsidy Program, which provides low-income seniors with financial assistance to help them pay their property taxes. In order to qualify for the program, a person must be at least 62 years old and must meet income limits.
Scattered-Site Affordable Housing
There has been recent interest in providing scattered-site affordable housing in Deerfield. In June 2012, One Deerfield Place closed on the property at 507 Cambridge Circle. With the help of volunteers from local religious institutions, the home and property were fixed up with anew roof, interior remodeling of the bathroom and kitchen, electrical, painting and landscaping. The home is owned by One Deerfield Place and in October 2012 it was rented out to a family of modest income. Staff continues their good working relationship with One Deerfield Place. One Deerfield Place recently purchased another single family home at 1030 Waukegan Road to renovate. The house is currently rented to a family of modest income who moved into the home in December 2013.
View past discussions of affordable and workforce housing in Deerfield.