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.
families are kicked out of their homes each day in Illinois
of tenants were represented by an attorney in eviction court, while 81% of Landlords had counsel
hours of legal and housing counseling support from Open Communities helped prevent eviction for families in 2019
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.
LEGAL AID CLINIC
We provide pro bono representation for our clients in matters concerning evictions, foreclosure, and housing discrimination. We work in tandem with the HUD Housing Counseling and Education Department as well as the Fair Housing Department to provide defense and affirmative cases for our clients.
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.