Call 311 when you are having housing trouble and have no idea where to go and who can help you. This city non-emergency helpline operates 24 hours a day.
For updated information on renters’ issues (including foreclosure) visit our Press & Publications section.
Access Living enforces the Federal Fair Housing Act for persons with disabilities; operates a testing program designed to uncover discrimination toward disabled individuals seeking to rent an apartment or purchases a home; and provides trainings to inform people with disabilities of their rights.
Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic provides free legal services in the areas of family, housing and criminal law, expungement, sealing and clemency.
Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance (CAFHA) is an alliance of private fair housing organizations, governmental bodies and other groups concerned with fair housing. Their members all work to provide information on housing and to keep housing affordable in Chicago.
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless has resources for emergency housing assistance. Their “It Takes a Home to Raise a Child Campaign also works to create more permanent affordable housing in Chicago along with their other job, education, and legal rights programs that work to prevent homelessness.
Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law operates a Fair Housing Project and is committed to educating people in minority communities about their rights under the fair housing and fair lending laws, investigating complaints of fair housing discrimination, and providing pro bono legal services to individuals and groups who wish to exercise their fair housing rights and secure equal housing opportunities.
Direct2Housing.org is an online search tool that lets you locate housing resources and housing service providers on your own. It provides information on supportive housing providers, private market landlord listings and home sharing providers.
HOPE Fair Housing works to stop housing discrimination practices in DuPage county and other western suburbs. They can help you investigate claims of housing discrimination, assist with filing HUD complaints, and refer cases to fair housing attorneys.
Illinois Tenants Union can provide you with information about your rights, assistance with landlords, breaking leases, and other services regarding security deposits, repairs and eviction.
Interfaith Housing Center works in the northern suburbs, providing services for housing discrimination, foreclosure, and conflicts with landlords and management companies. Interfaith also has a working Homesharing program for individuals who are looking for an affordable room in the northern suburbs.
John Marshall Fair Housing Clinic educates the public about fair housing law and provides legal assistance to private or public organizations that seek to eliminate discriminatory housing practices.
Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA) works in Humboldt Park, West Town, Hermosa and Logan Square to develop affordable housing. LUCHA does housing advocacy, housing rehabilitation and construction and homeownership counseling.
Metropolitan Tenants Organization (MTO) educates, organizes and empowers tenants to have a voice in the decisions that affect the affordability and availability of decent and safe housing. There is a free citywide tenant’s rights hotline where counselors answer tenants’ calls regarding any housing problems. They can provide possible solutions and refer you to various agencies that will assist and move you in the right direction.