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Successful 2015 Advocacy Campaigns

Open Communities is really proud to share the advocacy campaigns we've been involved with this year. We've had great wins for The Welcome Movement to create inclusive communities for all.  In addition to our free services, this advocacy allows more community members to be able to choose where they want to live.    What...   more >>

Quality of Life, (e)Quality of Place: Growing Local Economies through Equitable Transit-Oriented Development

Today Open Communities and Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) released Quality of Life, e(Q)uality of Place, a joint guidebook to create more inclusive, welcoming AND economically viable communities by planning for housing near transit (commonly called Transit-Oriented Development or TOD). CNT and Open Communities found that Chicago’s northern suburbs have fallen short in mixed income TOD. The...   more >>

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Recent Blog Posts

Tips for Tenants

Oliver Jury, our Landlord-Tenant Liaison, receives an average of 47 calls per month. Here are some tips from him to help tenants to be proactive rather than reactive in their dealings with landlords: 1. Always pay your rent. At any point that rent goes unpaid, landlords have the right to issue a notice for payment. If rent is unpaid, landlords can file for possession of the unit in court. In...   more >>

Winter is Coming: Know Your Rights and Be a Good Neighbor

Please forgive our Game of Thrones reference. Winter may already be here, so it’s important to know what to do in the event you are without heat or if you have have insufficient heat.  Each community has their own timetable and rules for providing heat in rental units. If you are unable to resolve a heating problem with your landlord, call your local municipality for support. Many municipalities...   more >>

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In the Media

Highland Park assesses landlord accountability program

By Greg Trotter, Chicago Tribune From the ashes of a December 2013 house fire that sent one man to the hospital in critical condition emerged Highland Park's rental registration program, a formal attempt to hold landlords accountable for safe living conditions. Now almost one year in, Highland Park's fledgling program is working as intended and yielding positive results, officials say, by ensuring...   more >>

Parent-Mentor: Rauner's budget plan calls for funding cut to heralded program

By Mike Isaacs, Pioneer Press Among myriad cuts called for in Gov. Bruce Rauner's controversial budget proposal is funding for Skokie's heralded Parent-Mentor Program, which recently completed its third year. While no one knows exactly what will happen with the Rauner budget plan, it seems a good bet that local school districts will support keeping the program alive — even if it means funding...   more >>

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