Fair Lending Initiative


What is fair lending? How can you be vigilant about ending housing discrimination in your community? Housing Action Illinois is partnering with Associated Bank, HOPE Fair Housing, and organizations across Illinois to bring fair lending workshops to housing counselors, municipalities, community based organizations, and public housing authorities. We discuss the history and definition of fair housing and fair lending, dig into implicit biases, and explore best practices for counselors, municipalities, and community members. We talk about how fair lending impacts your community and what you can do about it.

At the moment, these are the workshops we have scheduled for 2017. If you plan to attend any of these workshops, please click the appropriate link to register.

Don’t see one near you? Let us know—we’d love to talk about bringing one to your area.

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Our brochure on fair lending helps renters and home buyers identify warning signs of lending discrimination, find fair housing enforcement agencies, and figure out how to file a complaint. Download a PDF of the brochure now or contact us to request physical copies for yourself or your agency.

Additional Resources

What is fair housing?

The Federal Fair Housing Act protects everyone’s right to rent an apartment, buy a home, obtain a mortgage, or purchase homeowners insurance free from discrimination based on race, religion, gender, national origin, color, disability (mental and physical), or familial status (presence of children under 18 in the home). Read HUD’s recent guidance on fair housing protections for people with limited English proficiency, announced in September 2016 »

Contact Info for Fair Housing Enforcement Agencies

To start a relationship with a Fair Housing Enforcement Agency near you, contact the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance or use the info below.

Access Living, 312-640-2106 (voice) or 312-640-2102 (TTY)

Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 312-630-9744

HOPE Fair Housing Center, 630-690-6500

John Marshall Fair Housing Legal Support Center, 312-786-2267

Prairie State Legal Services, 855-347-7757, Service area map with other locations

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, 312-263-3830

South Suburban Housing Center, 708-957-4674