Affordable Housing Programs

The Assessor’s Office manages programs authorized in State law to address the special valuation of affordable housing. Eligible properties may apply for both the Affordable Housing Special Assessment Program and the LIHTC valuation program.

Affordable Housing Programs

Affordable Housing Special Assessment Program

The Affordable Housing Special Assessment Program incentivizes the rehabilitation and new construction of multi-family residential properties to create and maintain affordable housing. This program establishes assessment reductions for multifamily rental developments subjected to certain rent, tenant income, and related restrictions. 

If you are the owner of an affordable housing project and seek assessment under this special assessment program, you must complete the form applications. To receive the special assessment on the 2023 tax bill for the 2022 assessment year, eligible applicants should submit parts 1 and 2 of the application no later than March 31, 2022.

Please note, the Rental Information/Tenant Household Income Report Form included in Part 2 of the Eligibility has a limit of 25 units. If your project has more than 25 units, please download the excel version (go to the file drop-down menu, click download, choose excel) and upload it as part of your attachments corresponding to the Required Documentation section in part 2 of the application. For an example of a completed Rental Information/Tenant Household Income Report Form, download here

Read Frequently Asked Questions before applying. 

Eligibility Application
Part 1

Eligibility Application 
Part 2

A series of webinars will be held every Tuesday at 11am during February and March to address questions about the Affordable Housing Special Assessment Program. The first webinar will be Tuesday, February 15th at 11am.

Class 9 Properties Webinar
Tuesday, February 15th.
This webinar is intended for property owners whose properties are located in Cook County and are/were in the county's Class 9 program. The discussion will focus on simplified procedures for utilizing the new Affordable Housing Special Assessment Program for property tax relief. Navigation of the application was discussed. Watch the video recording on our YouTube. Download the PowerPoint here
 

In-Service Affordable Properties Webinar
Tuesday, February 22nd.
If your Cook County property currently offers affordable housing and you’ve made substantial improvements to the property since 2015, you may be eligible for the Affordable Housing Special Assessment Program. This webinar will help you navigate the application. Watch the video recording on our YouTube. Download the PowerPoint here

Prospective Affordable Housing Webinar
Tuesday, March 1st.
If your Cook County property offers affordable housing or you’re considering renting to eligible households at affordable rents, but you haven’t made substantial improvements to the property in the last seven years, then this webinar will help you understand the application process. Watch the video recording on our YouTube. Download the PowerPoint here

Low Affordability Communities Webinar
Tuesday, March 8th.
This portion of the Affordable Housing Special Assessment Program provides special reductions targeted at defined geographic areas within Cook County that are particularly lacking in affordable housing. If you want to offer affordable housing in these parts of the county, this webinar is for you. Watch the video recording on our YouTube. Download the PowerPoint here

Have you recently applied for the Affordable Housing Special Assessment Program? We appreciate your patience as applications are processed. Our staff must review your application and documents and verify eligibility. When this process is complete, you will receive an email from our office that will indicate whether the application has been accepted ("Completed") or had to be denied ("Declined"). If your application is denied, you will receive notice of the deficiencies upon which the denial was based. You will then have 30 days from the date of the email notification to provide supplemental information showing compliance with the requirements of this program. Please note that you can re-access an application you partially or fully completed, via clicking the “resume signing” button in the validation code email you would have received when beginning your application.

If you have comments, questions, or concerns about your application, please send a detailed email to assessor.affordablehousing@cookcountyil.gov or call (312) 603-7821, and include the Project Name and 14 digit PIN(s) associated with your application. 

LIHTC Valuation Program 

Low-income housing projects that qualify for the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) under Section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code are now eligible for assessments that reflect their actual or projected net operating income. If you are the owner of a low-income housing project and seek to be assessed under this new assessment program, you must complete the form application, below, that corresponds to the size of your property.

The form will ask for your Illinois Housing Development Authority or City Housing Department identification number(s) and tax forms in addition to your contact information. An email address is required to track the status of your application.

Submit one form per street address.

Assessor's Office staff will review application materials and verify eligibility. Staff will also notify applicants by email about the status of their application(s). 

LIHTC
2 to 6 unit buildings
        LIHTC
7+ unit buildings

Class-9 Properties

Find information on the Class-9 incentive program by visiting the Incentives and Special Properties page.