Programs provided free of charge in Chicago’s northern suburbs

Fair Housing

Open Communities conducts housing discrimination investigation, provides housing rights education and referrals, and assists municipalities.

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Foreclosure Prevention

Open Communities provides community outreach, education on options, referrals, loan document review, and negotiation with lenders to help prevent homeowners from losing their homes.

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Landlord/ Tenant Advice

Open Communities provides information and referrals to tenants regarding security deposits and helps resolve disputes around repairs and evictions.

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Open Communities creates opportunities for people of all backgrounds to come together by matching residents with a room to share with individuals seeking safe, affordable and welcoming living space.

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Immigrant Integration

Open Communities works with others to facilitate workshops for immigrants on self-expression, how to participate in local government, and ways to influence policies related to diversity and inclusion.

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Open Communities works with local and regional groups to advance programs and policies at all levels of government that promote welcoming, inclusive and just communities, and facilitate grassroots support.

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Community Organizing

Open Communities is a vehicle for all people to come together to prevent displacement and uphold Welcoming Community Principles for equitable policies in housing, economic and social justice.

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Who We Serve

Our service area comprises the northern Cook and southern Lake County municipalities of Deerfield, Des Plaines, Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northbrook, Northfield, Park Ridge, Skokie, Wilmette, and Winnetka.

All of our services are confidential and provided free of charge. Donations are welcome.

Justice Project

The Justice Project: The March Continues serves as a catalyst for a new grassroots social justice movement in Chicago’s northern suburbs.

Our goals are to:

  • Raise awareness of continued housing inequities in our region, and organize action to end them
  • Point out that today, unlike in 1965, equal housing is but one of many necessary ways to get to the inclusive and diverse suburb
  • Build a constituency that will support political leadership for social change
  • Incrementally help pass policies and programs suburb by suburb that advance justice and build community in a variety of sectors

To advocate for meaningful change in our suburbs, the Justice Project created a common set of Principles for the Welcoming Community, a standard similar to the LEED certification of environmental sustainability or the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, that would give suburbs a template to follow.