In 2018, there were 34 affordable housing developments in Champaign County, an increase of three affordable housing sites from 2015. Housing developments were considered affordable if they were listed in association with low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC), Housing and Urban Development (HUD) public housing, or voucher programs.
The LIHTC is the federal government’s primary program for encouraging the investment of private equity in the development of affordable rental housing for low-income households. The housing choice voucher program, also known as the Section 8 program, is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Section 202, also known as Supportive Housing for the Elderly, is a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program that provides capital advances to private, nonprofit sponsors to finance the development of housing for elderly residents.
There was no net change in the number of affordable housing units within Champaign County in the past year. The metropolitan planning area (MPA) has 30 of the 34 affordable housing developments in the county, the majority of which are located in Champaign and Urbana. Seven affordable housing developments in the MPA are without access to bicycle facilities within a quarter mile distance. The map below shows the distribution of affordable housing developments in relation to bicycle infrastructure in the region.
In 2018, 23 affordable housing projects in the MPA had access to a total of 17.1 miles of bicycle facilities within a quarter mile distance, a decrease of 1.3 miles from 2015. A significant decrease in access to bicycle facility mileage comes as a result of the sale of Skelton Place in Champaign. Previously, Skelton Place provided the greatest access to bicycle facilities in the MPA. The replacement housing development for Skelton Place, Haven at Market Place, is still under construction. Access to bicycle facilities at the new location will provide about 30 percent of the previous mileage Skelton Place provided. This performance measure receives a negative rating.
Bike Facilities within 1/4 Miles Distance from Each Affordable Housing
|Affordable Housing Development||Location||Miles of Bicycle Facilities||Program||Units|
|Hamilton on the Park||Urbana||1.43||Section 8||36|
|Eden Supportive Living||Champaign||1.19||LIHTC||142|
|Washington Square||Champaign||1.11||HUD Public Housing||104|
|Providence at Thornberry||Champaign||1.10||Section 8||143|
|Florida House Urbana||Urbana||1.08||LIHTC||119|
|Gregory School Apts||Champaign||0.98||LIHTC||7|
|Hayes Homes||Urbana||0.91||HUD Public Housing||6|
|Scottswood Manor||Urbana||0.90||Section 8||140|
|Steer Place||Urbana||0.81||HUD Public Housing||108|
|Edge Of Mall Apartments||Urbana||0.81||Section 8||50|
|Prairie Homes||Urbana||0.78||Section 8||26|
|Round Barn Manor||Champaign||0.74||LIHTC||156|
|Columbia Place||Champaign||0.70||HUD Public Housing||16|
|Crystal View Townhomes||Urbana||0.62||LIHTC||67|
|Town Center Apts||Champaign||0.35||LIHTC||144|
|Prairie Green Apts||Urbana||0.14||LIHTC||128|
|Oakwood Trace Townhomes||Champaign||0.13||Section 8||25|
|Providence at Sycamore Hills||Champaign||0.04||Section 8||83|
|Douglas Square Apts||Champaign||0.01||LIHTC||45|
|Center Apartments||Urbana||0||Section 8||15
|C-U Independence Apartments||Urbana||0||Section 202||24
|Manor at Prairie Crossing||Mahomet||0||HUD Public Housing||18|
|Tolono Manor Apartments||Tolono||0||LIHTC||16|
Bicycle Facilities Around Affordable Housing PM Summary
|Goal||Promote healthy communities and improve overall residential quality of life by strengthening existing neighborhoods and housing developments, evaluating and expanding active transportation infrastructure, and promoting energy conservation and environmental quality.|
|Objective||Increase miles of bicycle facilities located within a quarter mile of affordable housing stock by 15% by 2020.|
|Performance Measure||Number of new bicycle facilities located within a 1/4 mile of affordable housing units|
In 2016, there were 18.43 miles of bike facilities available within a 1/4 mile of affordable housing units. This performance measure receives a neutral rating as the length of bike facilities within ¼ miles distance from affordable housing projects in 2016 remained the same compared with 2015 data.
In 2017, there was a total of 18.68 miles of bike facilities available within a 1/4 mile of affordable housing units, an increase of 0.25 miles from 2015.
In 2018, there was a total of 17.13 miles of bike facilities available within a 1/4 mile of affordable housing units, a decrease of 1.30 miles from 2015.