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Clara Kent posted a blog on May 20, 2016

City of Chicago Releases Important Fair Housing Study and Action Plan

The City of Chicago has taken an important step addressing racial and ethnic segregation and other housing discrimination in releasing its Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, including recommended actions. The federal Fair Housing Act requires that government recipients of federal housing and urban development funds do more than not discriminate; they must affirmatively further fair housing. This means they must analyze their areas and develop and implement plans to address housing discrimination. We are pleased that the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee advocacy efforts has resulted in the City producing this comprehensive analysis and plan.  The report is here:http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/cchr/AdjSupportingInfo/AdjFORMS/2016%20Adjudication%20Forms/2016AItoFairHousing.pdf

 
The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee agrees with many recommendations, including that the City amend its fair housing ordinance to hold media outlets liable for allowing discriminatory housing advertisements and that the Chicago Housing Authority expand its Housing Choice Voucher mobility program and implement comparable efforts citywide to increase integration.  It urges the City to increase Chicago Commission on Human Relations staff to prevent and respond to housing discrimination. The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee letter is here.