Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance

About the Alliance

Who We Are

The Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance (CAFHA) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit consortium of fair housing and advocacy organizations, government agencies, and municipalities committed to the value of fair housing, diversity, and integration. Since 1985, CAFHA has continued to combat housing discrimination and promote integrated communities of opportunity through research, education, and advocacy.

Mission

CAFHA works to combat housing discrimination and promote integrated communities of opportunity through education, advocacy, and collaborative action.

Background

CAFHA generates awareness and appreciation for the multi-faceted benefits of resilient, diverse communities.  CAFHA provides the forum and technical assistance for rapid, responsive coalition building around some of the region’s most pressing fair housing issues. CAFHA and its membership base are active on all fronts of the fair housing movement, including:

  • Education, advocacy, and affirmatively furthering fair housing
  • Fair housing enforcement and impact litigation
  • Targeted investment and political empowerment of chronically underserved communities

Programs

Policy & Advocacy

CAFHA monitors fair housing developments nationally and locally and combats attacks on fair housing, advocates for strengthened fair housing protections, and promotes community development that furthers equitable place-based opportunity.

Through CAFHA’s membership and membership committees, CAFHA provides the forum and technical assistance for rapid, responsive coalition building around some of the region’s most pressing fair housing issues.

CAFHA crafts policy initiatives and supports the policy endeavors of member agencies.

Membership

CAFHA engages a diverse group of stakeholders from advocates and policy & legal experts to local governments and regional planning organizations providing fair housing education, avenues for collaboration, and opportunities for networking and information sharing.

CAFHA’s bi-monthly membership programs focus on:

  • Fair housing education, advocacy, and affirmatively furthering fair housing
  • Fair housing enforcement and impact litigation
  • Targeted investment and political empowerment of chronically underserved communities

CAFHA’s Membership Committees provide for specialized collaborative efforts and include the following:

  • Enforcement
  • Events & Marketing
Training & Technical Assistance
  • CAFHA provides training and technical assistance to a wide array of stakeholders (County, municipalities, housing providers, developers, housing counselors, and organizers) on fair housing and affirmatively furthering fair housing.
  • CAFHA builds amenable relationships with local governing bodies, outlining the benefits of eradicating housing segregation, providing information on fair housing laws and the duty to affirmatively further fair housing, and serving as a resource for fair housing technical assistance.