Civil rights investigators are also essential to our work. Investigators receive a stipend. Find more information about this important service here.
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.