To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, Illinois REALTORS® worked with The Storytellers Studios to produce a video telling the story of REALTOR® involvement, past and present, in the fair housing movement. In the video, Illinois REALTOR® members share their personal experiences in the fight for equal opportunity in housing and reflect on what more needs to be done.
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Fair Housing Act
- Learn more in this video: Fair Housing Makes Us Stronger: 50 Years – signed on April 11, 1968 by Lyndon B. Johnson
- On April 9, 2018, Illinois REALTORS® will dedicate a marker for the Fair Housing Act at Bicentennial Plaza, a REALTOR® Community Partnership.
- The National Association of REALTORS® has more resources for use at the local and state level.
Fair Housing news and updates
The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) announced the availability of its downloadable guidebook for housing professionals Wednesday, "Reasonable Accommodations and Modifications: A Guide for [...]
Illinois REALTORS® reaffirmed its pledge to eliminate housing discrimination and apologized for roles its members played in the past in promoting inequality during [...]
In April, Illinois REALTORS® dedicated a Fair Housing monument outside of its Springfield headquarters at the future site of Bicentennial Plaza—symbolizing REALTOR® commitment to end [...]
April 2018 marks a milestone in the real estate industry as REALTORS® observe the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, which was signed [...]
Matt Difanis - broker-owner of RE/MAX Realty Associates in Champaign and 2018 President of Illinois REALTORS® - PHOTO BY JOANNA STRAUSS For Illinois REALTORS® President Matt [...]
Loretta Alonzo-Deubel - broker with Century 21 Affiliated in Westchester - PHOTO BY StoryTeller Studios A past Illinois REALTORS® state president and a trailblazer in [...]
Fred Underwood - director of Diversity and Inclusion at the National Association of REALTORS® - PHOTO BY MATT DIFANIS The journey from opposing fair [...]
Historic April edition of Illinois REALTOR® commemorates Fair Housing Act and offers something extra
The April edition of Illinois REALTOR® should have arrived at your office by now, shrink-wrapped and including the RPAC Awards & Recognition booklet featuring the [...]
Fair Housing Resources
- Fair Housing and Property Rights: a History
- REALTOR® Code of Ethics
- Protected Classes
- Fair Housing Videos
- Fair Housing Links
- Section 8 Guidelines
Illinois REALTORS® is in full support and advocacy of the practice of equal opportunity in fair housing. It is our pledge to uphold the spirit as well as the letter of the law, through programs, activities and training designed to promote and further the right of equal opportunity in housing for all.
We believe equal opportunity exists only where there is complete freedom of choice in housing and we oppose any attempt to interfere with this freedom of choice.
We affirm our endorsement of and commitment to the Fair Housing Partnership Resolution of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the National Association of REALTORS®, believing it to be a constructive, voluntary means of promoting equal opportunity through freedom of choice.
We pledge our continued support of and cooperation with the Illinois Department of Human Rights in our mutual efforts to assure equal opportunity in housing for all.
April Is Fair Housing Month — April 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1968 landmark Fair Housing Act. Each year, REALTORS® recognize the significance of this event and reconfirm our commitment to upholding fair housing law as well as our commitment to offering equal professional service to all in their search for real property.
Article 10 of the REALTORS® Code of Ethics provides that “REALTORS® shall not deny equal professional services to any person for reasons of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. REALTORS® shall not be parties to any plan or agreement to discriminate against a person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. REALTORS®, in their real estate employment practices, shall not discriminate against any person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity.”
- Section 8 Voucher Holder Now a Protected Class Under Cook County’s Fair Housing Law.
- Read Illinois REALTORS®’ Q&A on the issue and make sure you are following the law.
There are seven protected classes under the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988: race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, familial status.
Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in places of public accommodations and commercial facilities.
The Equal Credit Opportunity Act makes discrimination unlawful with respect to any aspect of a credit application on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age or because all or part of the applicant’s income derives from any public assistance program.
State laws and local ordinances also protect certain classes. In Illinois, sexual orientation was added to the state list of protected classes in January 2005. “Order of Protection Status” was added to Illinois law as a protected class effective Jan. 1, 2010. See Illinois Human Rights Statute.
- National Association of REALTORS® Fair Housing Program
- Fair Housing Act
- What everyone should know about Fair Housing
- Illinois Human Rights Statute
- Illinois Department of Human Rights
- HUD Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
- Housing Discrimination Complaint Application by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (Download the iTunes App)