New Guidebook for housing providers helps eliminate discrimination

information provided by the Illinois Department of Human Rights

CHICAGO, Ill. (July 17, 2018) – The Guidebook on Reasonable Accommodations and Modifications, released by the Illinois Department on Human Rights, offers clarification on which accommodations and modifications must be made in housing for persons with disabilities, in accordance with the Federal Fair Housing Act. The first-of-its-kind Guidebook will help housing professionals eliminate housing discrimination and achieve diverse, inclusive communities.

“This Guidebook is unique because it compiles all the ‘must have’ information in one place,” said IDHR Director Janice Glenn. “This Guidebook will be a true resource for all housing professionals on the accommodation and modifications they are required to provide under the Federal Fair Housing Act and will create greater access for persons with disabilities.”

“This is a huge accomplishment for Illinois,” Glenn continued, “and releasing a guidance of this nature is a great way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Federal Fair Housing Act.”

The Guidebook was created by IDHR in partnership with Access Living, Incorporated, a Chicago-based change agent committed to fostering an inclusive society that enables Chicagoans with disabilities to live fully engaged and self–directed lives.

“Expanding housing options for people with disabilities is critical for our community to be fully integrated into society. The right to reasonable accommodations and modifications is one of the best tools we have to achieve that end,” said Marca Bristo, CEO and President of Access Living. “We hope the Guidebook becomes a ‘go to’ resource for housing providers and serves to demystify the requirements.”

The Federal Fair Housing Act is an important civil rights law that guarantees equal access to housing for all Americans by prohibiting discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of housing.

The Guidebook was made possible through funding obtained from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and is available on IDHR’s website:

 

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