Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed the Chicago Department of Housing, a new City department exclusively focused on supporting access to housing as a core component of all neighborhoods.
The new department will implement Chicago's affordable housing strategies and create a long term institutional framework, according to a statement from the city.
The new department will be responsible for implementing the strategy outlined in the next Five-Year Housing Plan. The mayor will be calling on the plan's Steering and Advisory committee to create a new vision for housing.
The mayor's 2019 budget will outline the structure and funding for the new department. The investment will include an increase in staffing and resources to achieve the department's strategic objectives.