Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance

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If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any housing related transaction, you should contact your local fair housing center immediately.

There are a number of laws prohibiting discrimination in housing-related transactions at the Federal, State, County, and Municipal level. Local Fair Housing Centers will advocate for victims of housing discrimination through fair housing testing/investigations, assisting with filing a complaint, and providing access to legal representation. It is important that you contact your local fair housing center as soon as possible because you may have as little as 180 days to file a complaint.

Discrimination is rarely overt and often goes unnoticed. Some examples of ways discrimination occurs in housing-related transactions is through:

  • Providing false information or refusing to provide information about housing availability.
  • Applying different terms or conditions to the sale or rental of housing based on protected class status
  • Providing different services based on protected class status
  • Refusing to allow reasonable accommodations or modifications for a person with a disability
  • Steering a housing seeker to a certain neighborhood or housing option based on protected class status

If you feel or sense that you may have been the victim of housing discrimination, start documenting your interactions as quickly as possible, and please contact one of the organizations below:

Access Living
Legal assistance, fair housing complaint intake and testing investigation services for people with disabilities.
Service Area: City of Chicago
Intake line: 312.640.2106
TTY 312.640.2102

Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Full service fair housing complaint intake and testing investigation services for all protected classes.
Service Area: City of Chicago
312-630-9744
http://clccrul.org/getservices

HOPE Fair Housing Center
Full service fair housing complaint intake and testing investigation services for all protected classes
Service Area: DuPage, and western Cook counties
info@hopefair.org
630-690-6500, extension 119
TTY: 630-690-6553

John Marshall Fair Housing Legal Support Center
Full service fair housing complaint intake and testing investigation services for all protected classes
Service Area: Entire Chicago metropolitan area
312.987.2397
fairhousingcenter@jmls.edu

Open Communities
Full service fair housing complaint intake and testing investigation services for all protected classes
Service Area: 16 north suburban communities, from Evanston to Highland Park and Lake Michigan to the I-294
info@open-communities.org
(847) 501-5760

Prairie State Legal Services
Full service fair housing complaint intake and testing investigation services for all protected classes
Service Area: Lake, McHenry, Boone, Winnebago, Peoria, and Tazewell counties
http://pslegal.org/psls-apply-online.asp
855-FHP-PSLS
855-347-7757

South Suburban Housing Center
Full service fair housing complaint intake and testing investigation services for all protected classes
Service Area: South Cook and eastern Will counties
Michael Chavarria, mchavarria@prodigy.net
(708) 957-4674, x28

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