FAIR HOUSING SUPPORT

IN CHICAGO

 

Where You Live Matters

 

ABOUT

Open Communities engages in activities that encourage fair housing practices including landlord-tenant and foreclosure counseling services and community education to make our communities on the North and Northwest suburbs of Chicago, welcoming for everyone.

MISSION

We seek to eradicate housing discrimination, in all of its forms and against all persons, because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, disability, familial status, or source of income.

72

families are kicked out of their homes each day in Illinois

12%

of tenants were represented by an attorney in eviction court, while 81% of Landlords had counsel

400

hours of legal and housing counseling support from Open Communities helped prevent eviction for families in 2019

 

PROGRAMS & SERVICES

Our fair housing programs are provided FREE of charge in Chicago's North & Northwestern suburbs.

HOUSING COUNSELING & EDUCATION

Our Housing Counseling department works to help families stay in their homes and connect their communities to important resources. We do this through Foreclosure Counseling, Financial Literacy, Rental Assistance, and Rental Mediation.

FAIR HOUSING TESTING & ENFORCEMENT

Open Communities can investigate the allegations of discrimination through fair housing testing. And as a private enforcer of the fair housing laws, we can choose how to enforce fair housing laws when it does uncover evidence of discrimination.

 

DONATE & SERVE

We cannot do this work without your time, talent, and treasure. Volunteer in our office. We are always looking for office volunteers to help with a variety of tasks that require some extra capacity we may not have.

 

Volunteer on our Board of Directors. We are currently recruiting for two members-at-large positions.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Wed, Mar 10
    Zoom Link
    Knowing your rights is the first step to defending yourself from housing discrimination. Join us to learn more about fair housing.
  • Thu, Mar 11
    Zoom Link
    This workshop will provide education on housing options and industry updates to allow those 55 and older to age in place.
  • Fri, Mar 12
    Zoom Link
    This workshop will educate tenants on self-advocacy tips, lease options, selecting a rental, and financial sustainability.
  • Thu, Mar 18
    Zoom Link
    This workshop will educate tenants on self-advocacy tips, lease options, selecting a rental, and financial sustainability.
  • Fri, Mar 19
    Zoom Link
    Learn the financial steps to reach your financial goal. This workshop is geared toward communities in Cook and Lake County, Illinois.
  • Thu, Mar 25
    Zoom Link
    This workshop educates homeowners about the various options available to assist them in avoiding foreclosure.
  • Fri, Mar 26
    Zoom Link
    This workshop will provide education on housing options and industry updates to allow those 55 and older to age in place.

LATEST NEWS

coLab Evanston

1880 Oak Avenue

Suite 301

Evanston, IL 60201

Tel: 847.501.5760

Fax: 847.905.0523

info@open-communities.org

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