Alleviating the burden of homelessness

What is Bring Chicago Home?

Bring Chicago Home is a grassroots movement of Chicagoans committed to combating homelessness through an affordable, responsible and popular plan.

Affordable

A one-time tax that would affect less than 5.2% of all properties sold every year—and only those worth $1 million or more.

What we’re proposing

A 1.2 percentage point increase to the real estate transfer tax (RETT)—a one-time tax paid when a property is sold.

On transactions more than $1 million, impacting 3.6% of residential transactions and 5.2% of all transactions.

To generate an estimated $100-150m annually, legally dedicated to programs that systematically alleviate homelessness and provide affordable housing.

Responsible

The money generated by the tax would be legally dedicated to programs that alleviate homelessness, including assistance for children, veterans, and women recovering from domestic violence.

With this funding...

Two-thirds of likely city voters have expressed support for our solution.
We’re just three steps from making it a reality.

1. GET REFERENDUM ON THE BALLOT

City Council must vote to include a question on the ballot of an upcoming election asking voters for permission to raise the one-time real estate transfer tax on sales of properties worth more than $1 million.

2. CHICAGO VOTES YES

With a majority yes vote, the proposal
can make its way to becoming a law.

3. LAW PASSED

With permission from the voters, the city can then pass an ordinance increasing the RETT, and legally securing an estimated $100-150 million annually to provide relief.