Housing, Shelter

Reba Place Development Corporation

Renewing, Housing, People and Community

aka RPDC

Evanston, IL


To develop safe, decent, and affordable housing that demonstrate how the diverse racial and cultural groups in Evanston can thrive together. To promote and cultivate a neighborly environment for those who wish to raise their families in peace. To sponsor and support a range of affordable housing options-including modestly priced rental units, housing coops, and affordable condominiums.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Adrian Willoughby

Main Address

737 Reba Place Basement

Evanston, IL 60202 USA


Affordable Housing, Housing, Housing Advocacy, Housing Development





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Housing Rehabilitation (L25)

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Programs + Results

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RPDC is designed to meet the equitable housing needs for individuals and families living with incomes above 40 percent Area Median Income (AMI). In our area that would be $33,840 for a family of four. The critical need for affordable housing in Evanston has grown. RPDC estimates that 3200 affordable housing units are currently needed in Evanston. The number of Evanston household below the poverty line has grown from 5.1 to 6.6 percent between 2000 and 2010. This expansion of poverty has caused more families to be displaced. Evanston’s Age Friendly Task force found housing cost and availability to be the largest barrier to Evanston being an age friendly community. The local African American population has seen the largest impact of displacement, with population totals decreasing from 22.5 percent of the local population to just 16.6 percent, based on 2016 data from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning( CMAP). Of the existing housing, rental rates far exceed the means of many.

Our programs

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Affordable Housing

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Charting Impact

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Our goal, as stated in our mission, is to develop a range of modestly priced (below market) affordable housing units to sustain a diverse and vibrant Evanston.

Our strategies for the continued development of affordable housing units in Evanston is to develop new community partnerships with local businesses and organizations to fund part of each new development. We intend to go to the community and its business leaders to solve for this problem through education, partnerships and the occasional agreements with local and state agencies for supplemental affordable housing funding.

With over 25 years of affordable housing development experience, we are able to meet this evolving need through our commitment to being industry current and attending fair housing, housing development and strategic management training. Our staff has the hands on day to day responsibility for our property management needs which allows for us to track trends on issues that may arise. Our segmented team of back office contractors, maintenance contractors and development staff work with our board to ensure that the operations are going well. The executive director meets with the boards steering committee most Mondays to provide operational updates and to obtain guidance as needed.

To date we have developed 56 affordable units. The easiest measure for us to use is our ability to grow that number in the future while being fiscally responsible in our reserves growth while maintaining a health operating cash ratio. The other measure we belive would be an indicator is a reduction in-between developments.

For over 25 years we have accomplished this through the purchase and maintenance of 56 housing units. We currently manage 37 of those rental units and 12 condo units. This work generates our annual budget. Despite our rents being intentionally low we are able to support our operations from our earned income. As a 100 percent self-funded organization we do not have any on-going subsidies or funding dependencies from the City, State or Federal level. Despite the fact we are self-funded through rent generation we have established substantial repair and replacement reserves which leave us well poised for unexpected high cost issues or repairs. We have developed various types of affordable housing and have the property management apparatus in-place to support expansion of our housing stock. Over the years we have sponsored and trained a smaller not-for profit, Evanston Community Development Corporation, and assisted them in the development of six condos and a townhouse for low to moderate income buyers. However, we have never developed a fundraising strategy. We seek to lay the groundwork for a solid and robust fundraising strategy to meet the demands and challenges of the coming years.

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Reba Place Development Corporation

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Board Leadership Practices

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Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

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Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

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Organizational Demographics

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Sexual Orientation

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Diversity Strategies

We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
We have a diversity committee in place
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