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.
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.
Open Communities has handled 96 complaints of housing discrimination
Conducted 105 fair housing testing investigations
Negotiated 11 reasonable accommodations
Housing discrimination is illegal under many different laws, including federal, state and local laws. If a person falls into one of the protected classes, certain housing related actions taken against them may be considered discrimination.
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.
We cannot do this work without your time, talent, and treasure. Volunteer in our office or become a board member. We are always looking for office volunteers to help with various tasks that require some extra capacity we may not have.