Building affordable and accessible housing for individuals, families, young adults, and people with disabilities. ***

Throughout Illinois, our sister organizations in Lake, Cook, and Kane Counties have led efforts to create a mix of 459 rental and single family homes, some including supportive services for people with a variety of disabilities. Together we leveraged over $147 million of state resources for the construction of affordable housing and built in 2009.

Current action being taken:

  • Supporting a $1 billion investment for affordable housing in the 2020 state capital budget. $1 Billion in capital funds could create up to 10,000 affordable homes and apartments and generate thousands of blue collar, white collar and green collar jobs. It could create affordable housing for seniors, working families, veterans, the homeless and other vulnerable populations. It would allow us to catalyze the rebuilding and repopulation of communities in urban, suburban and rural parts of Illinois that are poised for rebirth.

  • On April 3, 2019, the Naperville City council voted in support of included 20% affordable units in the redevelopment of 5th Avenue in downtown Naperville. DuPage United leaders from St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church led the way to win the support of the housing commission and the council.

  • Building relationships between Mercy Housing in Wheaton and DuPage United to identify local issues and potential action opportunities.

To expand housing options we are continually working to:

  • Create the relational base of support for housing

  • Identifying land and other resources

  • Cultivating relationships with potential developers to create more housing in both counties.


  • Ikram Hussain, Housing Team Leaders, 630-261-0757,