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Northside Fair Housing Program

IF YOU FEEL YOU HAVE BEEN DISCRIMINATED
AGAINST
WE CAN HELP

Reach out to Northside Community Resources to fill out an intake and discuss your experience with our Fair Housing Staff. We will determine what can be done to assist you FREE OF CHARGE.

1

We can negotiate on your behalf with a landlord or other housing provider (real estate agent, management company, owner).

2

We may investigate what you think could be housing discrimination through the use of fair housing testing.

3

help you file a complaint with the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development, Illinois Department of Human Rights, Cook County Commission on Human Rights or Chicago Commission on Human Relations.

You may also contact us over the phone or by email

Northside Community Resources is a not-for-profit organization located in the Rogers Park neighborhood offering Fair Housing Education and legal help to renters experiencing discrimination. NCR’s Fair Housing program investigates possible housing discrimination, assists clients in resolving fair housing disputes with housing providers and conducts community legal education on fair housing rights and responsibilities. NCR is reaching out especially to non-native speaking individuals who experience housing discrimination at a disproportionate rate because of language barriers and fear of immigration retaliation for speaking out against injustice. We are very interested in learning more about the experiences of housing voucher holders and people of color who are trying to move to the north side from other areas to escape Chicago’s history of segregation. We also help anybody of any background who is having a housing issue.

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Know Your Rights As A Tenant

In Chicago, it is against the law to discriminate based on these factors:

  • Race, Color
  • National Origin
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Familial Status
  • Disability
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Identity
  • Ancestry
  • Age (40+)
  • Marital Status
  • Military Discharge Status
  • Order of Protection Status
  • Housing Status
  • Source of Income (Including Housing Choice Vouchers “Section 8”)

It is against the law for landlords/leasing agents to:

  • Refuse to rent to you
  • Lie about the availability of an apartment
  • Show you apartments only in certain neighborhoods
  • Set different terms, conditions, or privileges when renting an apartment or provide different services
  • Refuse to make reasonable accommodations or let you make reasonable modifications if you have a disability
  • Harass, coerce, intimidate, or interfere with anyone exercising or assisting someone else with his/her fair housing rights

It is against the law for realtors/sellers to:

  • Refuse to sell to you
  • Show you homes only in certain neighborhoods
  • Set different terms, conditions, or privileges for the sale of housing or provide different services
  • Refuse to provide you with information regarding mortgage loans, deny you a mortgage loan, or impose different terms or conditions on a mortgage loan
  • Deny you property insurance
  • Conduct property appraisals in a discriminatory manner
  • Harass, coerce, intimidate, or interfere with anyone exercising or assisting someone else with their fair housing rights
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