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Fair Housing for Municipalities 


aFair Housing Month icon The month of April is celebrated as National Fair Housing Month as it marks the anniversary of the United States Federal Fair Housing Act – a law whose spirit embraces equal housing not only as a national policy, but a fundamental human concept.  The State of Illinois joins many other states across the nation in celebrating National Fair Housing Month.  The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) is sponsoring an effort to promote public awareness about housing rights guaranteed under the Illinois Human Rights Act, via a proclamation by Governor Pat Quinn declaring April as Fair Housing Month in the State of Illinois, and programs informing the public about how speaking out against discrimination can improve our quality of life in Illinois. 


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


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