March 31, 2016 – The community and the nation come together in April to celebrate the anniversary of the passing of the federal Fair Housing Act and recommit to eliminating housing discrimination and creating equal opportunity in every community.
Fundamentally, fair housing means that everyone, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status and disability has access to neighborhoods where children can attend quality schools, enjoy a healthy environment, pursue economic opportunities and be self-sufficient.
Oak Park has long been a national leader in fair housing, passing one of the first municipal fair housing ordinances in the country and later expanding the list of protected class.
Since 1968, Village Code has defended the rights of individuals within the protected classes of race, sex, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, age, marital status, familial status, order of protection status, source of income or disability in the purchasing, leasing, securing a loan, renting or occupying housing or other real estate.
Any person otherwise qualified who is denied or discriminated against while pursuing housing in Oak Park should contact the Community Relations Department for more information on their options, conciliation or to file a formal, written complaint.
Individuals also may file written, formal complaints with the Cook County Human Rights Commission or Illinois Department of Human Rights.
In addition, providers that receive funding from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), have loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), as well as lenders insured by FHA, may be subject to federal program regulations intended to ensure equal access of LGBT persons.
More information on local fair housing resources is posted at www.oak-park.us/fairhousing.