Building Coalitions

At Open Communities, we were founded on the belief that making housing available to people of all incomes and backgrounds makes the northern suburbs a better place to live. That’s why we collaborate with and build local and regional coalitions to advance fair and affordable housing programs, policies and legislation, and provide support for bricks-and-mortar housing developments that meet a wide range of local needs.

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Since our name change in 2012, Open Communities’ collaboration has expanded to advocate for the The Justice Project: The March Continues19 Principles of the Welcoming Community.

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November 3, 2015: Letter to the Governor re: gun dealer licensing

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Faithful Action Curriculum

Open Communities provides training on housing rights and advocacy that can be tailored to any audience or venue. This includes Faithful Action for Fair and Affordable Housing, developed with an interfaith group of religious leaders, and the three-part Fair Housing Advocate Training (FHAT) curriculum to train up to 15 residents of one suburb at a time on the fundamentals of building inclusive communities.

Contact us if you’re interested: (847) 501-5760



Open Communities is here to help ensure everyone’s fair housing rights in Chicago’s northern suburbs.

Here are a few examples of the advocacy campaigns we’ve helped galvanize. “Source of Income” Fair Housing Protection The Cook County Human Rights Ordinance currently protects people from discrimination based on source of income but exempts those with Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers from similar protection. We’ve been the lead organizer to bring together advocates, legal services, tenants, landlords, and many others to get Cook County to amend the ordinance to include these vouchers under the Source of Income protection. As of May 8, 2013, voucher status is included under source of income protection in the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance! For more information, here is a briefing document.

Full Page Fair Housing Ad

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act, we published a full-page signature ad in the Pioneer Press expressing broad-based support for fair, open and affordable region. More than 500 north suburban individuals, congregations and organizations signed on to this important declaration.

Affordable Housing Planning and Appeal Act

We successfully persuaded our local legislators to take the lead in passing a law requiring each Illinois community to ensure 10% of its housing stock be affordable.

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