Get the Facts

Rental Affordability

  • 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.



  • There is no single definition of homelessness. The Point-In-Time count, which has a narrow definition, found 10,798 Illinoisans experiencing homelessness in 2017; a broader estimate found 164,969 in 2016.
  • In 2016, there were 282,641 people at risk of homelessness in Illinois.



  • In Illinois, the median home value is 3.1 times greater than the median household income.
  • This leaves 28.3% of Illinois homeowners “cost-burdened,” or spending more than 30% of their income on the cost of mortgage payments, property taxes, utilities, and other housing costs.



  • 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.


Fair Housing

  • 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.