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.
- May 19 – Wheaton
- June 16 – Ford Heights
- July 14 – Woodstock
- August 11 – Aurora
- September 15 – Berwyn
- October 26 & 27 – Bloomington (Join us at our conference!)
Don’t see one near you? Let us know—we’d love to talk about bringing one to your area.
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.
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). Learn more about fair housing legislation or 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
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, 312-263-3830
South Suburban Housing Center, 708-957-4674