Housing is the lifeline to stability. Eliminating barriers to housing can have a resounding effect on vulnerable individuals and save countless taxpayer dollars. Currently in Cook County, private landlords and local public housing authorities regularly deny an applicant housing if s/he has had a prior arrest record or conviction. Barriers to housing based on criminal screenings are problematic for many reasons.
An amendment to the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance banning unlawful discrimination in real estate transactions based on one’s covered criminal history; including arrests, convictions that are older than two years or not substantially related to the offender’s residence, and records of offenses that have been ordered sealed or expunged.
Ending discriminatory housing barriers is a matter of justice; join us in supporting this needed solution.