Fair Housing

fair housing house keychainWhat is Fair Housing?

Fair housing is the right to choose housing free from unlawful discrimination. Federal, state and local fair housing laws protect people from discrimination in housing transactions such as rentals, sales, lending and insurance.

Who is Protected by Fair Housing Laws?

The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing for the following:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • National origin
  • Gender
  • Disability
  • Familial status (presence of children under the age of 18 and pregnancy)

In Illinois, there are laws in place to protect the same traits as federal law, plus:

  • Ancestry
  • Age
  • Military
  • Military Discharge Status
  • Marital Status
  • Protective Order Status
  • Sexual Orientation

For more information or legal services to discuss your fair housing complaint, please contact our partners at Prairie State Legal Services.

If you would like to file a Fair Housing Complaint, please download and fill out the Illinois Housing/Real Estate Transaction Complainant Information Sheet.

Creating choice in housing, community in neighborhoods, and empowerment in personal finance throughout northern Illinois.

Looking for Rental Assistance?

Several agencies registered with the Illinois Department of Human Services can help. To find a provider working in your county, click here.

Starting at 9:00am on September 15, 2021, there will be an open application for rent assistance for anyone who is in a court eviction proceeding and can provide eviction court documentation. To apply to this program, click here. If you need assistance with uploading your documents for this application, call our office at 815-962-2011 and we can help. For more information on who qualifies and what documentation is needed, go to www.ihda.org.

If you need assistance with rental counseling, call one of our offices:  815-962-2011 (Rockford) or 815-232-6187 (Freeport).