Research Studies

Housing & Transportation
The city recently took part in a study that investigated the relationship between Housing and Transportation costs and how these two elements combined translate into housing affordability in communities. Four communities including Oak Forest, Midlothian, Riverdale and Hazel Crest were all participants. The reports were prepared by the Center for Neighborhood Technology and the South Suburban Mayors and Managers as part of a grant from the Grand Victoria Foundation. To access a full copy of the report, view our Housing + Transportation:  "Uncovering the Hidden Assets of Established Communities."

Oak Forest Housing Policy Plan
Oak Forest was selected by the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus as a pilot community to illustrate how data from a demographically-driven housing-needs assessment and GIS-based capacity analysis could be translated into a local housing policy plan. The purpose of this local housing policy plan is to assist the City in meeting the demands of its current and future residents, while laying the groundwork for a more balanced local housing market over the long-term.  To access a full copy of the report, view the Oak Forest Housing Policy Plan.