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Fair Housing for Municipalities

Upcoming Workshop Series:




The Illinois Department of Human Rights, in partnership with Diversity, Inc., has been awarded a year-long grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to develop and implement a training program for Illinois’ 47 entitlement communities.

The aim of the trainings will be to provide local governments with the necessary information and tools so that they can be successful in moving their communities towards stable integration.  The training sessions will target municipal officials and managers, as well as fair housing advocates, housing providers, other members of the housing industry, and other community members, leaders and stakeholders, including religious and civic leaders.  The goals of the training session are:  1) To publicize the HUD AFFH regulations; 2) To educate members of the community of the new requirements of the regulations; 3) To educate municipal officials, housing industry practitioners, and community members on best practices in moving towards a stable, integrated community; 4) to provide participants with an opportunity to discuss local housing issues specific to their communities, as well as possible solutions; and 5) To publicize IDHR and its resources, including educational and enforcement programs.

In addition to local governments, we would like to engage community-based organizations, housing professionals, and fair housing advocates to be a part of the conversation and assist in identifying local fair housing issues and solutions.

Workshops are FREE and open to the public.  Links to event flyers will be added as details are finalized.  Please refer to the schedule below to find a workshop near you!

Target Entitlement
Greater DeKalb/Rockford
Rockford, Rock Island, Moline, DeKalb
Central Illinois
Bloomington, Danville, Pekin, Peoria, Springfield, Normal, Rantoul, Champaign, Urbana, Danville, Decatur
West/Southwest Suburban
Aurora, Downers Grove, Elgin, Wheaton, DuPage County, Kane Country, Naperville
Metro East
East St. Louis, Madison Country, St. Clair County, Belleville
North Suburban
North Chicago, Waukegan, Lake County, McHenry County
North/Northwest Suburban
Evanston, Skokie, Mt. Prospect, Palatine, Arlington Heights, Schaumburg, Des Plaines
Chicago Area
Chicago, Cook County, Berwyn, Cicero, Oak Park, anyone who missed their community's training


Project Description:

IDHR has received a grant from HUD for a partnership project aimed at providing education and outreach on housing discrimination, LGBT housing issues, and HUD's new equal access rule for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.  Workshops are targeted to members of the LGBT community, housing providers and professionals, LGBT allies and advocates, homeless shelters, local governments, housing authorities, and other community-based organizations.

The goals of the training session are:   1) To publicize the HUD Equal Access Rule and HUD's work in the LGBT community; 2) To educate members of the LGBT community of new protections under this rule and educate housing providers and advocates of the new obligations this rule creates; 3) To educate local housing providers and fair housing advocates of the new unique fair housing needs of the LGBT community; 4) To publicize IDHR's new webinars on Fair Housing and LGBT Persons; 5) To educate participants on IDHR's intake and investigation process; and 6) To introduce participants to local LGBT partners as a resource.

Project Partners:
Illinois Department of Human Rights
Illinois Safe Schools Alliance
Lambda Legal
National Center on Lesbian Rights


Target Entitlement
6/23/2014 Chicago Area
10/21/2014 Carbondale
10/28/2014 Champaign/Urbana
11/19/2014 DeKalb
12/3/2014 Rock Island
1/14/2015 Peoria
1/21/2015 Chicago Area


Fair Housing Month Proclamation

The Illinois Department of Human Rights is asking Illinois municipalities to issue a proclamation declaring April as Fair Housing Month.  This signifies the municipalities’ intention to recommit to the core values of the federal Fair Housing Act and the Illinois Human Rights Act, which call for fairness and the right to housing choice.  Once a municipality has issued a proclamation, we ask that you notify IDHR via the email address and send us a copy.

Please view a sample Fair Housing Month Proclamation for Municipalities.  Your support in this effort will help us inform Illinois residents to "Live Free Creating Equal Opportunity in Every Community"

 Municipal Proclamations

Fair Housing Policy Statement

The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) is asking municipalities to put a fair housing statement in clear public view on the homepage of their websites.  This action demonstrates the municipalities’ efforts to affirmatively further fair housing.  Please view a sample statement.  Once the statement has been placed on your website, we ask that you notify IDHR via the email address and send us a copy.  Participating municipalities will be added to a list of communities to be recognized for their efforts to support fair housing in IDHR’s fair housing month programs and publicity. 

 Policy Statements

For More Information

For additional information, please contact us at  The Illinois Department of Human Rights takes and investigates charges of discrimination involving real estate transactions (rentals, sales, and other transactions) concerning both residential and commercial real property.  The Department also conducts fair housing training for home seekers, landlords, property owners, advertisers, and community organizations.  The department's IDHR Training division conducts training for government, private companies and community organizations throughout Illinois designed to increase respect among diverse cultures both in the workplace and at home. 

Additional Resources

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing  [ppt]
Fair Housing
IDHR Housing Intake Form (CIS)  [pdf]
IDHR Fair Housing Poster 8"x10"  [pdf]
HUD Fair Housing & Equal Opportunities Office
HUD Fair Housing Planning Guide
Fair Housing Toolkit for Developers, Municipalities and Others