LCBH’s Fair Housing work includes representing clients in housing discrimination cases and heading up the Fair Housing Education Consortium (FHEC), funded by the City Department of Housing and Community Development to provide fair housing training to landlords, tenants, and the general public. In addition to LCBH, other participating organizations include Access Living, Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the John Marshall Fair Housing Support Center.
Trainings are generally two hours, but can be tailored for specific audiences. Last year, as part of the Fair Housing Education Consortium, LCBH provided 48 fair housing trainings and drew in over 700 attendees, including renters and landlords alike. Topics covered include the Federal, Illinois, Cook County, and Chicago fair housing laws. The information presented assists housing providers to understand their responsibilities and assists individuals and families in recognizing when they might have experienced discrimination. Accessibility and rights of individuals with disabilities are explained, as well as discriminatory practices such as misrepresentation of available housing, refusal to rent, offering different terms based on inclusion in a covered class, and sexual harassment.
To schedule a fair housing training at your site for 10 or more or to be on the list for open training notices, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Fair Housing Webinars
The Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing and the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) have created a new Fair Housing Webinar series funded as a partnership project by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. The series of webinars covers major fair housing issues and is designed to educate stakeholders and the general public about fair housing law under federal law as well as the Illinois Human Rights Act.
All the webinars are available as online videos that can be accessed at any time on the website of Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO). The webinars will educate the public on their fair housing rights and provide information for housing providers on their responsibilities under fair housing law. The topics include the housing rights laws for persons with disabilities, for LGBT individuals, for new Americans and immigrants, for condo and coop associations and a general fair housing overview. Three of the webinars are in both English and Spanish versions, and closed captioning is available.
The webinars are available at these links:
- Fair Housing Training for Individuals with Disabilities
- Fair Housing for Individuals with Disabilities: The Basics
- LGBT Rights & Fair Housing
- Your Right to Fair Housing: A Guide for New Americans
- Fair Housing Training: General Overview
- Fair Housing 101: Condo Associations & Cooperatives
- Vivienda Equitativa para Personas Discapacitadas
- Su Derecho a la Vivienda Equitativa: Una Guia para Nuevos Americanos
- Los Derechos en la Vivienda LGBT
For more information about fair housing law in Illinois, you can also go to IDHR’s website: http://www2.illinois.gov/dhr/FilingaCharge/Pages/Housing.aspx