Equal Opportunity Housing and Communities
Community Development Division local priorities, strategies, and objectives are articulated in the current 5-year Consolidated Plan (2020-2024). The Division is committed to supporting the Fair Housing Act and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) mission and aspires to “build strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all”
The Division utilizes a fair housing initiative called We WILL Build Equal Opportunity Housing & Communities for community development education and outreach. Strong, sustainable and inclusive communities include diverse housing options, grounded in a safe built environment and connected to a network of healthy food options, health care, education, jobs, transportation, and open space. By focusing on housing, the mission is aligned with HUD, which seeks to utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life.
We WILL Build seeks to expand the range of opportunities for all by creating livable communities with diversity of housing stock in Will County. Housing does more than provide shelter. It provides stability, economic means, dignity, family ties and ultimately strengthens community. Housing diversity in a community prevents homelessness, helps elderly residents age in place or downsize, helps divorced parents stay in close proximity to thier kids, allows for young adults to leave their parents' basements, prepares young families for establishing roots, and enables established families to raise engaged citizens. Having diverse housing options and modern housing solutions inclusive of all lifestyles and incomes increases community resiliency and promotes economic development and prosperity.
Join us on this quest to balance housing stock with housing needs in Will County by engaging in the conversation and connect with us on Facebook @buildwillcounty for updates.