Victory for Housing as a Human Right!
Housing as a Human Right, SB 1780 (HFA3), passed the Illinois General Assembly on May 31 with significant bipartisan support! This legislation was an initiative of the Restoring Rights and Opportunities Coalition of Illinois and will amend the Illinois Human Rights statute to protect people with records from discrimination when seeking housing in the state of Illinois. This legislation will now go to the Governor’s desk for his signature. Take action by thanking your legislators.
SB 1780 (HFA 3) will bring Illinois’ law in line with the federal fair housing standards and align the rules for housing and employment under the Illinois Human Rights Act. This bill amends the Illinois Human Rights Act so that landlords can’t refuse to rent or otherwise deny housing to someone because they have an:
Arrest not leading to a conviction;
A juvenile record; or
A criminal history record that has been ordered expunged or sealed.
Last fall, our RROCI coalition surveyed at least 400 people and found that housing was one of the most pressing issues for people with records. We think this bill is an important step forward in the effort to remove another barrier that hinders certain people from meeting a basic need.
Congratulations and thanks to all of the amazing people who make up RROCI (Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Community Renewal Society, and Heartland Alliance); our chief sponsors, Representative Curtis Tarver and Senator Omar Aquino; and all the folks who supported and played a role in this victory. Find out how your legislator voted for this bill in the house and senate.
Organizer for Restoring Rights and Justice Reform
Community Renewal Society