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.
Share your stories with us, get involved with our campaigns, and continue to be our grassroots advocates for housing, economic and social justice on the North Shore!
Glenview: “We Want to Be a Welcoming Community”
We applaud the Village for taking positive action to ensure a just and inclusive community . We also thank the many Glenview residents, congregations, and the League of Women Voters of Glenview for their passionate testimony and advocacy on behalf of low-income families and all people who have historically suffered from discrimination and who are protected by fair housing laws.
Open Communities Discourages Crime Free Ordinances
Open Communities supports Senate Bill 1547, which will protect tenants and landlords from evictions, fines, or loss of business simply because they call the police for help. In at least 35 municipalities in Illinois, Crime Free Rental Housing, or Nuisance Property Ordinances have been enacted and include penalties when police are called to the property. These ordinances are punitive against survivors of domestic violence and people with disabilities. They also disproportionately affect people of color. Thanks to a grant to Open Communities from HUD through the Fair Housing Initiatives Program, we are working with the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law to design a Healthy Homes Ordinance to address these issues in a positive and non-discriminatory manner.
In March 2015, the Northfield Village Board has also decided to abandon plans for a new rental housing ordinance.
A Win for Group Homes in Skokie
Last summer, the Village Skokie began considering a six month moratorium on group homes. Open Communities emphatically stood against the idea, which would further segregate housing for the elderly and people with disabilities. The group home providers believe that, “Skokie is a wonderful community and a great place to be able to have a group home.” The Skokie Plan Commission on March 5 recommended only minor changes in requirements for group home facilities after village staff carefully studied the issue.
If you would like to be involved in any of these Open Communities campaigns, please contact Brendan Saunders at 847-501-5760, x402.
These campaigns were made possible from generous donations by our supporters.
If you or someone you know is being discriminated against, please contact us.
Thank you for all you do to make our communities feel welcoming to all. We are proud to have your support.
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