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Record #: R2016-324   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 5/18/2016 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Joint Committee: Housing and Real Estate; Human Relations
Final action:
Title: Call for hearing(s) on discriminatory practices against holders of Housing Choice vouchers
Sponsors: Moore, Joseph, Dowell, Pat
Topic: COMMITTEE/PUBLIC HEARINGS - Joint Committee - Housing & Real Estate and Human Relations
Attachments: 1. R2016-324.pdf
Related files: R2019-362

Resolution Calling for Hearings on Discrimination Against Holders of Housing Choice Vouchers


WHEREAS, Over thirty thousand families in Chicago use a Housing Choice voucher (formerly known as Section 8 voucher) to ensure they pay only thirty percent of their income; and

WHEREAS, The City of Chicago passed the Fair Housing Ordinance in 1990, ensuring source of income protection for voucher holders; and

WHEREAS, Chicago, Cook County and dozens of local governments nation-wide provide source of income protections; and

WHEREAS, Despite these protections, the Chicago Commission on Human Relations reports that voucher holders continue to face discrimination in Chicago; and

WHEREAS, Testing conducted by the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law in association with HOPE Fair Housing Center, Open Communities and Suburban Housing Center find that source of income discrimination remains a regular occurrence for all voucher holders, but especially for African Americans and people with disabilities; and

WHEREAS, A 2015 WBEZ radio story about source of income discrimination in Chicago and Cook County raised the profile of this issue and illuminated the direct and indirect forms of discrimination potential tenants face; and

WHEREAS, discrimination denies voucher holders access to quality affordable housing in so-called Areas of Opportunity, concentrating them in high-poverty, high-crime neighborhoods; and

WHEREAS, Finding an new place to live is already a stressful endeavor without the having to worry about unlawful discrimination; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, That we, the Mayor and Members ofthe City Council ofthe City of Chicago, assembled this eighteenth day of May, 2016, do hereby urge the City of Chicago, the Chicago Housing Authority, housing advocates, landlord advocates and other stakeholders to work toward solutions that will fulfill the law and end the practice of discrimination against holders of Housing Choice Vouchers and that the City...

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