Northside Community Resources’ Fair Housing Program offers outreach and education to all and legal help to people experiencing discrimination on Chicago’s North Side. The Fair Housing Program investigates possible housing discrimination and assists clients in filing and resolving discrimination complaints against housing providers to redress violations and prevent future discrimination. NCR is reaching out especially to non-native English speakers and people who do not speak English, who experience housing discrimination at a disproportionate rate because of language barriers and fear of retaliation for complaining about injustice. NCR offers assistance in English, Spanish, Polish, Hindi, Gujarati, Chinese, Urdu, Vietnamese, and Arabic. We are committed to eliminating all kinds of housing discrimination and reducing Chicago’s segregation by eradicating discrimination against tenants with Housing Choice Vouchers, formerly known as “Section 8.” We help anybody of any background who is having a housing issue.
IF YOU FEEL YOU HAVE BEEN DISCRIMINATED
WE CAN HELP
Contact Northside Community Resources to discuss your experience with our Fair Housing staff. We will determine what can be done to assist you FREE OF CHARGE.
We may investigate your claim of housing discrimination.
We may negotiate for you with a landlord or other housing provider (real estate agent or management company agent).
We may also help you file and pursue a complaint with the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development, and/or other human rights agencies, or in court.
Know Your Rights
In the U.S., it is against the law to discriminate based on these factors, known as protected classes:
- Race, Color
- National Origin
- Familial Status
- Physical or Mental Disability
In Chicago, it is also illegal to discriminate based on:
- Source of Income – Including Housing Choice Vouchers
- Sexual Orientation
- Gender Identity
- Age (40+)
- Marital Status
- Military Discharge Status
- Order of Protection Status
- Housing Status, including being homeless
It is against the law for housing providers, because of one of the protected classes, to:
- Refuse to rent or sell to you
- Lie about the availability of housing
- Show you housing only in certain neighborhoods, buildings, or parts of buildings
- Set different terms, conditions, or privileges when renting or selling housing or provide different services
- Refuse to make reasonable accommodations to policies or let you make reasonable modifications if you have a disability
- Evict you
- Harass, coerce, intimidate, or interfere with anyone exercising or assisting someone else with his/her fair housing rights
It is against the law for other housing actors, because of a protected class, to:
- Deny you a mortgage, refuse to provide you with information about one, or impose different terms or conditions
- Deny you property insurance
- Conduct property appraisals in a discriminatory manner
IF YOU WANT INFORMATION ABOUT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION LAWS, WE CAN HELP
Northside Community Resources’ Fair Housing Program staff provides outreach and education and conducts community legal education on housing discrimination rights and responsibilities. We provide training and workshops on all fair housing topics. We have written informational materials in many languages.
Contact us by phone, email, or in person.
The work that provided the basis for this publication was supported by funding under a grant with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The substance and findings of the work are dedicated to the public.The author and publisher are solely responsible for the accuracy of the statements and interpretations contained in this publication. Such interpretations do not necessarily reflect the views of the Federal Government.