The Voorhees Center is a dynamic resource center that engages residents, leaders, and policymakers seeking effective strategies for advancing community livability and vitality. Since its founding in 1978, the center has worked collaboratively with a diverse set of partners to provide technical assistance, conduct research, and generate new knowledge in comprehensive community development and neighborhood quality-of-life issues. Grounded in the idea that all individuals have a right to such amenities as quality housing, education, jobs, transportation and safety to lead decent and productive lives, the Center strives to empower community residents and stakeholders and provides them with tools to pursue equitable futures. While rooted in Chicago, the center’s community-driven and interdisciplinary approach has connected it with communities across the region, nation, and abroad. The Voorhees Center is a unit of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
This report, co-authored by The Voorhees Center and the Labor Education Program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, examines what impact a minimum wage increase would have on housing affordability among working households in Illinois.