Opening Doors to Fair Housing @ The Learning Center at All Chicago
Apr 26 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Do you assist people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness to secure safe and accessible rental housing?

Are doors slammed in your faces because of the family’s race, ethnicity, gender status, disability, presence of children, or housing choice voucher status?

This 2-hour will provide important information on their housing rights and what landlords or real estate professionals can and cannot do. The session will include case examples.

Learn from our local experts:
Abdi Maya is the Community Relations Officer for the Fair Housing Division of the Illinois Department of Human Rights

Betsy Shuman-Moore is Director of the Fair Housing and Hate Crimes Projects with the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

April is National Fair Housing Month. The nation recognizes the importance of equal housing opportunities for everyone regardless of race, national origin, disability, presence of children, or any of the other legally protected classes. The ultimate goal is to educate your communities on fair housing issues, enforce the laws, and create strategies to ensure fair housing for all.

A House Divided: Fair Housing Month 2017 @ Glenview Public Library
Apr 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

In honor of Fair Housing Month, Open Communities Presents:
“A House Divided” from the 2016 Epix Original Documentary Series America Divided

Housing Action Illinois is going to join Open Communities for an evening of film, discussion, and spoken word poetry from acclaimed Chicago poet Billy Tuggle as we explore the struggle to achieve fair and affordable housing in our communities today.

In “A House Divided,” Norman Lear visits New York City, home to some of the nation’s starkest images of inequality, to investigate the struggle for housing that New York City residents and families across the country face. The creator of “All in the Family,” “Good Times” and “The Jeffersons” speaks with tenants, realtors, people experiencing homelessness, housing activists, landlords, and city officials—uncovering an affordability crisis, hedge fund speculation on residential housing, and a legacy of racist discrimination that still persists today.

BIlly Tuggle is a vocalist, performance poet, activist, mentor, teaching artist and parent; He is co-host of Chicago’s In One Ear and Mental Graffiti open mics. Billy’s most recent collection is the chapbook ‘Incantation’.

For accommodations, please contact Maria Starck at 847-501-4760 x410 or at least five working days prior to the film screening.

Light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome. Free parking available in library lot/structure. 1 min walk from Harlem/Glenview Pace Bus stop.


Learn more about the film here:


Not Welcome: The Uneven Geographies of Housing Choice @ University of Chicago Law School
May 1 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Andrea Juracek, Associate Director, Housing Choice Partners
JoAnn Newsome, Director of Human Rights Compliance, Chicago Commission on Human Relations
Jackie Paige, Member, National Housing Residents Association
Betsy Shuman-Moore, Director of the Fair Housing and Hate Crime Project, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Charles Barlow (Moderator) Lecturer in Public Policy and Geography, The University of Chicago

Lunch will be provided. This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

The Housing Choice Voucher program seeks to combat socioeconomic segregation by affording low-income families an opportunity to rent quality housing in the private market in higher-income neighborhoods. However, despite advancements in fair housing protections in recent years, persistent source of income discrimination leaves many voucher holders unable to secure their choice of housing.

Through the voices and perspectives of residents, enforcement agencies, advocacy organizations, and housing service providers, panelists will examine barriers to housing choice and explore mechanisms to secure fair housing opportunities in the Chicago region for Housing Choice Voucher households.

This event is organized by the Kreisman Initiative on Housing Law and Policy at the University of Chicago Law School, which brings together the best housing research at the University of Chicago to engage the real estate, public policy, and financial communities. The Initiative is co-directed by Lee Fennell, Max Pam Professor of Law at the Law School, and Jeff Leslie, Clinical Professor of Law and Paul J. Tierney Director of the Housing Initiative at the Law School.

Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies 2017 Annual Learning Conference @ Wyndham Springfield City Centre
May 7 – May 10 all-day

Housing Action Illinois’ Director of Training & Technical Assistance David Young will be presenting at IACAA’s conference on the new HUD certification requirement for housing counselors.

This year’s theme is “Charting the Course,” and the conference tracts are:

  • ROMA Next Generation
  • Examining Poverty
  • Advocacy and Public Policy
  • Professional Development
  • Affordable Housing Institute
  • Energy (LIHEAP, PIPP, Weatherization)

Learn more and register here!

People & Places 2017 Conference
May 31 – Jun 2 all-day

Grow your access to a network of people who make places better! Attend the nation’s most diverse and inclusive community development conference on May 31-June 2 in the Washington, DC area. People & Places 2017 is brought to you by the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders, the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (Housing Action Illinois’ Executive Director Sharon Legenza is Chair of NACEDA’s Board of DIrectors), the National Urban League, and the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development. The conference will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, located minutes from downtown Washington, DC.