On Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in conjunction with the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, Open Communities released Reducing the Cost of Crime Free: Alternative Strategies to Crime Free/Nuisance Property Ordinances in Illinois.
Throughout Illinois and across the nation, communities have created crime free/nuisance property ordinances that potentially harm tenants and landlords, impede fair housing, and expose local governments to liability. The tools provided here will help municipalities create ordinances that value quality, safe rental housing while protecting fair housing rights and respecting the rights of landlords and tenants.
At the release, municipalities from across the state heard from experts in domestic violence, disability rights, fair housing, and landlord-tenant rights.
The goal of Reducing the Cost of Crime Free is to work with the affirmative sections of many municipal ordinances, such as Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), landlord trainings, and health and safety inspections. Simultaneously, this resource aims to create stronger protections for members of protected classes that may be categorically excluded from rental housing where crime free/nuisance property ordinances exist.
We encourage communities to implement these tools, whether they are considering a new ordinance or amending existing ordinances. By adopting the recommended policies, communities will creating inclusive and welcoming communities.