You have the right to live where you choose.
This right entitles you to equal treatment from landlords, real estate professionals, bankers, insurance companies and government agencies when you rent or buy a home. Federal, state, and local laws protect each of us from being discriminated against because of personal characteristics. The U.S. Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or familial status. In addition, Illinois protects individuals from housing discrimination on the basis of age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, or military discharge status. Cook County adds source of income and housing status as protected classes.
Become a Civil Rights Investigator
Civil rights investigators go into the community to confirm that landlords and lenders are abiding by the fair housing laws—or learning that they are not. Investigators are paid a stipend for helping Open Communities identify violations of the Fair Housing Act. Please click here for details