marks an important time of the year for HOPE and all those across
the nation fighting housing discrimination, because April is Fair
Housing Month! On April 11th we celebrated the 53rd anniversary of
the passing of the 1968 Fair Housing Act.
This month, we are
also very excited to share our 2021 Spring Newsletter with you!
Please read on to learn more about our upcoming fundraiser, open
positions, news coverage, and more! From all of us at HOPE Fair
Housing Center, thank you for supporting our mission and happy Fair
news- HB2775, which adds protections based on legal sources of
income, has officially passed the Illinois House of Representatives!
Next, the bill must be voted upon by the Senate in order for these
protections to be adopted into law. Click here to find your local State
Senator and urge them to support this bill!
HOPE is proud to be
part of the The Illinois Coalition for Fair Housing, which is a
growing group of impacted community members and advocates committed
to making housing access in Illinois equitable and just. Despite the
fair housing rights provided in the Illinois Human Rights Act, many
Illinoisans face housing discrimination that locks them out of
opportunities due to the exclusion of source of income (SOI)
protections. Currently, landlords in areas without SOI protections
can legally deny housing to individuals simply because they choose
not to accept the applicant’s legal form of income such as Housing
Choice Vouchers, SSI, SSDI, TANF, or child support, and
unfortunately, this is all too common.
Click on the link
below to watch our video and learn how source of income
discrimination can impact a persons housing opportunities when
looking for a place to call home: https://u1584542.ct.sendgrid.net/ss/c/atcYNHk4Eh2YdGnwBh-YDOJPR4Z5lDybbWIPhQSOR8GkrjYhl2GlxviVS4395A6TQFhXKWDa3L2yQWmvdQKrbmQoMJWX6ZxcBwgskSCAd7vDIVg9b9ALw5QWDsOJcRLEdk70KFtmOQfGP5rfdVHHw77dJAKOuFiTiYaoUEz6lTOI9S5chzfrVu2XeiOTr75uD6nYh47_nbXQlrlIj0qlxYIQK6fYsbG7Wb34yh7g1YTv-D1ousqa5X8Yp2jGqSQ5UHqmTl0dMa6GGBkaagpDvYpz-pa2RQtna6jgPcsyv3U/3bb/CPLg-BhFSbOHgoRMgVjyoQ/h3/u7kkgNAcMY4JNNlLGD0QNqu355r5-IZJlsrNvlvVIZA
Our members include:
Access Living – DRACH, Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance - HCV
Working Group: City Tenant Leader Board, Chicago Lawyers Committee
for Civil Rights Under Law, Housing Action Illinois, Housing Choice
Partners - Suburban HCV Working Group, Lawyers’ Committee for Better
Housing, Northside Community Resources, and Shriver Center on
Read our official press release
Read more about our efforts to pass
source of income protections into law in all of Illinois!
year at the end of April, Giving DuPage, a nonprofit regularly
collaborating with DuPage County nonprofit organizations, hosts a
week-long fundraising event to support these local nonprofits. HOPE
is excited to join over 100 other organizations by participating in
this years event!
an entire week, Monday April 26th through Friday April 30th, HOPE
Fair Housing Center will be participating in the Giving DuPage's
Giving Days fundraiser. This year our goal is to raise $4,000 to
cover the cost of a 2021-2022 full-year AmeriCorps VISTA. This VISTA
will help HOPE expand our resources and provide support to
underserved areas of southern Illinois, and combat housing
discrimination in these areas. Keep an eye out for more updates on
this exciting event happening next week, and read on to learn more
about our current opening for the 2021-2022 VISTA position at
Like many fair
housing agencies across the nation, HOPE relies on trained fair
housing testers to uncover instances of discrimination in our
communities. Testers act as "secret shoppers" to collect information
about a housing transaction which our enforcement team can then
compare to the experiences of other testers and look at any
disparities in treatment. For their efforts, testers receive a
stipend after each test they complete.
We are currently
looking for individuals who are interested in becoming fair housing
testers. No prior fair housing experience is required, and HOPE will
provide all relevant training. If you or someone you know would like
to learn more about becoming a fair housing tester, check out our Common Tester Questions handout
and fill out our volunteer form on our website here.
Full-Year and Summer Positions
HOPE Fair Housing
Center is currently looking for a Summer 2021 AmeriCorps VISTA and a
Year VISTA. Per CDC recommendations and the
pandemic, HOPE is taking necessary measures to keep our staff
and our constituents safe, and VISTA positions may be held
either remotely or partially remote based on individual needs and
These VISTAs will be
an important part of HOPE's work to grow our education and outreach
efforts and establish a stronger presence in southern and western
Illinois. If you or someone you know is interesting in finding out
more about these available positions, please click on the links for
the job listings on the AmeriCorps website below!
Learn More About the Full-Year VISTA
Learn More About the Summer 2021
is with both great joy and sadness that we announce the retirement
of our dear friend and beloved Financial Manager, Ms. Carol O’Neill.
Carol joined HOPE back in the summer of 2011 and has been an
outstanding addition to our team since. Her contributions to HOPE
have been vital to our success and continuity over the years and
Carol will greatly be missed. In retirement, Carol is looking
forward to traveling, spending time with family, and generally
enjoying life! Congratulations and good luck Carol!
Another one bites the
dust! Rolando Santana has been an integral part of HOPE’s
enforcement team for the past 8 months, serving as HOPE’s
Enforcement Intern. It has been a pleasure to host Rolando and we
wish him nothing but the best of luck on his next venture as an
intern at Stevenson High School. Thank you, Rolando, for being a
fabulous team member and for all of the hard work you’ve done for
would like to officially welcome Ms. L’Quita Alexander as HOPE’s new
Financial Manager! L'Quita started on April 5th and joins HOPE with
an impressive background in corporate accounting, and is excited to
step into the non-profit world! L'Quita has a BS and MSA in
Accountancy, as well as a PhD in Management. We are incredibly lucky
to have her join our HOPE team!
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HOPE Fair Housing
Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to end housing
discrimination across Illinois. Donations to HOPE are tax-deductible
and help us further our mission of creating greater opportunities
for all. Donations can be made at hopefair.org/contribute. Thank
you for supporting HOPE and our mission!