The Commission on Human Relations (CCHR) is charged with enforcing the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance and the Chicago Fair Housing Ordinance. The Commission investigates complaints to determine whether discrimination may have occurred, and uses its enforcement powers to punish acts of discrimination.

2017-2018 Fair Housing Testing Project

The City of Chicago’s most recent Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing (AI), a report the city submits to HUD every five years, included a community-based recommendation to implement fair housing testing for Housing Choice Voucher (commonly referred to as Section 8) discrimination, in conjunction with an education program to inform landlords, real estate management professionals, and realtors about fair housing laws. In furtherance of this recommendation, the CCHR retained Chicago Lawyers’ Committee and its Housing Opportunity Project team to conduct the testing and training project, which took place in 2017 and 2018.

The attached report discusses this important work conducted by the Lawyers’ Committee in collaboration with the CCHR. We urge you to read the report and share it with others. Our hope is that it will serve as a catalyst for change, and a vehicle for promoting and supporting fair housing for all Chicagoans. Thank you.

Fair Housing Testing Project Report

Creating an Inclusive Workplace

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month. Employers are encouraged to foster an inclusive workplace culture through hiring individuals with disabilities, training employees on disability awareness, as well as developing a process to provide reasonable accommodations.

For more information, check out our handout on Reasonable Accommodations in Employment

The CCHR Accepts Email Filings

The Commission accepts filing of complaints and other documents by e-mail.  For more information, click the following link.

Email Service and Filing Regulations

You Can Submit a Service Request to the CCHR Online

Simply click on the following link and select Discrimination/Hate Crimes Assistance under the Service Type drop-box menu:

Human Relations Service Requests

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