On August 6, the Village of Glenview, a sub-recipient of the County’s federal housing and community developments funds through its participation in the municipal consortium sub-recipient, Northwest Housing Partnership amended its Village Municipal Code to opt out of the County’s recent amendment to its human rights ordinance that protects tenants utilizing “Section 8” Housing Choice Vouchers from discrimination. The Village’s actions are directly counter to its duty to affirmatively further fair housing – an obligation it has taken on as a recipient of those federal funds. As the entitlement jurisdiction responsible for allocating and monitoring the Village of Glenview’s use of federal housing and community development funds, Cook County should take steps to withhold those funds until the Village of Glenview amends its Municipal Code to remove the offensive language.
Open Communities has submitted an open letter to Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle challenging Glenview’s ordinance allowing landlords to deny rent to Section 8 applicants.
Read the open letter here: North Shore Nonprofit Challenges Glenview’s Landlord Ordinance
Special thanks to Trustees Scott Britton and Phil White for their due diligence in voting against this discriminatory ordinance and to Brendan Saunders (Director of Advocacy and Community Organizing here at Open Communities) for his work on this issue