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Open Communities Celebrates Fair Housing Month

April is National Fair Housing Month, a time to celebrate the passage of the Fair Housing Act signed 55

years ago on April 11, 1968. The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, and familial status.


We have several workshops and events scheduled throughout the month. Read below to learn how you can participate in our National Fair Housing Month activities!


Open Communities April Fair Housing Month Workshops


Fair Housing 101: Your Rights & Responsibilities

Join us on Tuesday, April 4, for our workshop "Fair Housing 101: Your Rights & Responsibilities." We are hosting this workshop with the Glenview Public Library.


In this workshop, you will learn about fair housing rights for landlords and tenants as well as the responsibilities both parties have.


We are excited to present this workshop both in person at the Glenview Public Library (1930 Glenview Rd, Glenview) and via Zoom. The workshop is free, but registration is required. Register here.


Just Housing Amendment Protections

Join us on Monday, April 10, for our Just Housing Amendment Protections workshop.


In this workshop, led by Open Communities and The Cook County Commission on Human Rights, you will learn about the Just Housing Amendment and its protections. Need to familiarize yourself with the Just Housing Amendment? Please read about it in our blog post.


This is a Zoom presentation. You can learn more and register here.


The Past, Present, and Future of Housing Segregation on Chicago's North Shore

Join us on Tuesday, April 25, at the Unitarian Church of Evanston (1330 Ridge Avenue) to learn about housing segregation's past, present, and future on Chicago's North Shore.


In this workshop, we will review some of the policies & practices used to create and maintain housing segregation, look at the local history of housing segregation on Chicago's North Shore, and explore pathways to create a more inclusive North Shore community.


This workshop is a collaboration between Open Communities, The Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County, and Mr. Dino Robinson.


Learn more and register here.


Dine Out for Open Communities

Throughout April are partnering with local restaurants to raise awareness about and funds for Open Communities!


What better excuse to avoid cooking than ordering or eating at a local restaurant?


  • On Thursday, April 13, we are partnering with Blaze Pizza in Niles (5712 W Touhy Ave, Niles). Blaze will donate 20% of the proceeds from your meal back to us. Use promo code 1088A when ordering online or via the app. Good on pick up and carry out only.


  • On Monday, April 17, Lou Malnati's in Evanston and Lou Malnati's in Wilmette will donate 20% of total sales to Open Communities (based on pre-tax purchase, excluding alcohol) from every order received from Dine-In, Carryout, or Delivery. Make sure to mention the fundraiser during your order. USE CODE: FUNDOPCO23.


  • It's Taco Tuesday for Open Communities on Tuesday, April 18, at La Principal in Evanston (700. Main Street). La Principal will donate $1 for every taco sold to Open Communities. Dine-in, take-out, and delivery all count toward the total.


  • And we close out our dining month with Panino's Pizza in Evanston. On Tuesday, April 25 & Wednesday, April 26, mention Open Communities when ordering from Panino's Pizzeria in Evanston (1968 Dempster St), and 15% of the proceeds support our mission. Good on pick-up, delivery, or dine-in (11AM - 3PM for dine-in) orders.


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