Get the Facts
- A home is considered “affordable” if it costs 30% or less of your total income, but many spend much more than this.
- Nowhere in Illinois can a full-time minimum wage worker afford rent.
- Renters in Illinois need to earn $20.34 per hour to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment. Illinois’ minimum wage is $8.25.
- 56,948 eviction cases were filed against Illinois tenants in 2016.
- In those cases, 46% resulted in evictions, indicating that more than 72 Illinoisans and their families lose their homes every day.
- Eviction disproportionately affects communities of color. Renters in majority Black neighborhoods in Chicago are four times more likely to face eviction than renters in majority White neighborhoods.
- The Fair Housing Act of 1968 protects against housing discrimination and aims to create equal opportunity in every community.
- Nationwide, 28,843 complaints alleging housing discrimination were filed in 2017. This number represents a small portion of all the people impacted by discrimination and lack of housing opportunities.