EDC is a proud partner to the City of Evanston as one of six communities nationwide to be selected to participate in the National League of Cities (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) Cities of Opportunity Initiative.
The Evanston Development Cooperative is hiring a community member to become an EDC construction worker-owner and join our cooperative. This new employee would own and govern our cooperative along with current members of EDC. Experience in the construction trades is preferred, though on-the-job training will be provided.
Evanston's Housing and Homelessness Commission Thursday night recommended City Council approval of a loan of up to $220,000 from the city's affordable housing fund to have the Evanston Development Cooperative build a two-bedroom accessory dwelling unit behind a private home on Sherman Avenue.
The City of Evanston’s Housing and Homelessness Commission will vote on a loan for the purpose of constructing an affordable 2-bedroom coach house for 20 years at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI). This pilot project can demonstrate Evanston’s capacity to provide livable, affordable homes to residents in all neighborhoods, with the goal of multiplying the effect of the City’s financial support as EDC engages additional public and private partners to expand Evanston’s affordable housing supply.
EDC signed an agreement with Eco-Panels, establishing EDC as the exclusive distributor and installer of Eco-Panels’ structural insulated panels in the Chicago metropolitan region.
Eco-Panels manufactures one of the most advanced panelized building systems on the market, according to building scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy. Its patented structural insulated panels are factory-built.
Affordable housing in Evanston typically comes in the form of units within apartment complexes, but the Evanston Development Cooperative is proposing a new project: coach houses.
On May 9, two dozen people from Evanston gathered at Backlot Coffee on Central Street to talk about affordable housing with Dick Co and Robinson (Robbie) Markus.
Evanston resident Trish Stieglitz can afford to live in Evanston, but it becomes “harder and harder every year,” she said during an affordable housing forum Thursday evening.
At a meeting on Monday night, the Evanston City Council voted unanimously to grant Evanston Development Cooperative (EDC) $60,000 from the city’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Economic Development Fund.
CDBG money comes from a federal program through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that allocates money to cities in order to provide direct assistance to businesses.
The panels he brought to the City Council meeting may not look like much, but Dick Co says they are one of the keys to his plan for an Evanston Development Cooperative that would build energy-efficient, affordable housing while creating jobs in the community.