What is Fair Housing?
Fair housing is the right of a person to choose housing free from discrimination. In the housing market, “discrimination” means a practice that limits housing choice because of someone’s particular trait. Only certain traits are protected under the law. Under the federal law, those traits are race, color, religion, gender, national origin, familial status (families with children), and disability. In Illinois, the law protects the same traits as federal law plus ancestry, age, military or military discharge status, marital status, protective order status, and sexual orientation.
If you would like more information, or need to connect with legal services to discuss your fair housing complain, please contact our partners at Prairie State Legal Services: www.pslegal.org.
If you would like to file a Fair Housing Complaint, you can click here for the Illinois form.