Open Communities makes our area more welcoming for all by investigating and enforcing fair housing practices, preventing eviction and foreclosure through free housing counseling, and fighting housing discrimination through education and advocacy. Our goal is to advance the economic empowerment of those most marginalized while holding communities and institutions accountable for discriminatory policies.
Open Communities has handled 96 complaints of housing discrimination
Conducted 105 fair housing testing investigations
Assisted over 289 families prevent foreclosure
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, stabilize housing, and educate the community about housing rights and services. We do this through Housing Mediation, Consultations, Foreclosure and Default Counseling, Rental Counseling, Financial Coaching, Older Person Counseling, AND Pre-Purchase and Post Purchase Counseling.