Discrimination Today

These days, housing discrimination is usually subtler than a slammed door or rude statement. Unsuspecting house or apartment seekers may be politely turned away from the home of their choice, even though they are qualified to live there. Conozca Sus Derechos de Vivienda Justa.

If you’ve heard remarks such as these or other discouraging comments while looking for a place to live, you may have experienced housing discrimination:

  • “We don’t rent to more than two people for a two-bedroom apartment.”
  • “We don’t rent to people who don’t have a job, even if you get disability benefits.”
  • “I’m sorry, but I can’t work with your translator.”
  • “We don’t rent to families; most people in this building are older.”
  • “You can’t build a ramp for access to the building—it won’t look good.”
  • “This is a Christian community. You might not feel comfortable here.”
  • “We just rented the apartment.” But the unit still is available the next day.

Protect yourself from housing discrimination!

Get the Facts!

How we can help

Open Communities is here to help ensure everyone’s fair housing rights in Chicago’s northern suburbs. We can:

  • Educate individuals, real estate professionals, condominium/ homeowners’ association members and municipal officials about fair housing laws and responsibilities
  • Provide fair housing education materials for your organization or municipality
  • Write a letter to request an accommodation for your disability
  • Investigate your claim of housing discrimination
  • Assist you in filing a fair housing complaint
  • Refer your case to attorneys who specialize in fair housing litigation
  • All our services are confidential and free of charge

Take Action!

Contact Open Communities’ fair housing staff.

  • Document the problem by writing down what happens during meetings and phone calls with the landlord, property manager, real estate agent, loan officer or insurance agent.
  • Keep detailed records as to what was said and the outcome.
  • Save all receipts, copies of application forms, business cards and other relevant documents.
  • Don’t delay if you’re considering filing a complaint—there are time limits from 180 days to two years, depending on where the housing is located.

Our fair housing experts will evaluate the facts of your situation and talk with you about your rights and options.

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