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Ending Source of Income Discrimination

What is Source of Income (SOI)?

Source of Income is how an individual legally receives their money in order to pay for their housing. Examples include: wages, housing subsidies, Social Security Disability, child support, and alimony. 

 

The State of Illinois currently has NO prohibition on Source of Income discrimination.

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More than 50% of the approximately 97,000 households paying some portion of their rent through the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) programs live in communities that allow source of income discrimination. 

What is Source of Income (SOI) Discrimination?

Source of Income discrimination refers to instances when a landlord or other housing provider, denies or otherwise treats unfairly households solely because the household utilizes public benefits, rental assistance, or other non-employment to pay for housing. Further, in light of the economic crisis brought on by the pandemic, SOI discrimination is now impacting those who earn their wages through employment in the service industry and similar industries deemed to be unstable. 

 

Without protection against SOI discrimination, tens of thousands of households are potentially cut off from communities that can provide essential place-based opportunities, like access to:

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Jobs

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More than 575,000 Illinois households (including families with children, senior citizens, veterans and people with disabilities) have some form of non-wage income such as a subsidy or benefit, SSI, SSD, TANF, or child support.

What is the goal of this campaign?

The goal of this campaign is to make illegal all forms of Source of Income discrimination and to bring Illinois into alignment with the 19 states and Washington D.C. that already have similar protections. The campaign will be community driven, gives substantial weight to the voices of those impacted, and ensures a seat at the table throughout the policy making process for those impacted.

 

What will this bill do?

This legislation will:

  • Amend the Homelessness Prevention Act, to reduce administrative barriers for housing providers receiving some forms of emergency assistance,

  • Make Source of Income discrimination a human rights violation,

  • Create guidelines for calculating income when using a subsidy,

  • Establish an affirmative defense to eviction filings for non-payment if rental assistance was refused by the landlord

*Landlords can still have tenant selection criteria, however, they will not be able to deny an applicant solely on the basis of their source of income.

 

Who's impacted?

SOI protections exist in 19 states and Washington D.C. and 104 separate localities across the country. Some states, like Massachusetts, have had SOI protections since the 1970s. While the City of Chicago and Cook County are currently protected, the law needs to be strengthened as discrimination remains rampant - a study by Roosevelt University found SOI discrimination present in 48.9% of fair housing tests. Illinois deserves stronger protections that are state-wide. 

Passing this legislation will protect:​

2,681 veterans who use Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing vouchers (VASH) in order to avoid homelessness and help pay rent for themselves and their families

214,344 individuals who receive social security survivors benefits

94,500 households who are Housing Choice Voucher holders

Among those living in federally supported housing in Illinois, 18% are Seniors, 21% have a disability(ies), and 60% are families with children

316,498 individuals who are recipients of Social Security Disability (SSD)

264,282 individuals who are recipients of Social Secuirty Insurance (SSI)

 

Hear why you should support HB2775!

Renters in Illinois have been turned away for decades because housing providers refuse the household’s legal source of income.

 

For Sharon, Lavette, Donnell, Nabi, and Debra, and for hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans who earn non-wage income, we need to ban source of income discrimination for good. Fair housing is not finished. 

Zillow supports source of income discrimination protections as an important tool to help reduce housing barriers, increase housing equity and increase affordable housing opportunities. We... are willing to partner with landlords, property managers, fair housing advocates and public housing authorities to help make those improvements, but we also believe that no household should ever be turned away from obtaining rental housing just because of the source of their income.

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For questions or to inquire about other ways to get involved, email Michael Chavarria at mchavarria@hcp-chicago.org.

Resources

 

Want to learn more about the precedent for this bill and all the things the legislation will do? Check out our document about this legislation.

SOI in the Media

Our Coalition

 
 

Our Endorsers

AARP - Illinois State Office

Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center

Access Living - Disability Rights Action Coalition for Housing

Adullam Faith Ministries 

AIDS Foundation Chicago & Center for Housing and Health 

All Chicago  

Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County 

American Legion Post 589 

Amy Chavez, DuPage County Board, District 5 

ApnaGhar Inc

Arab American Family Services 

Association for Independent Development (AID)

BEDS Plus Care 

Black Chicago Tomorrow 

Burt Minor, Lt Colonel USAF Retired

Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI)

CEDA of Cook County, Inc. 

Center for Changing Lives 

Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation

Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance - HCV Working Group: City Tenant Leader Board

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Chicago Housing Justice League 

Chicago Housing Initiative

Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Chicago Urban League 

Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity

Children's Home & Aid

Citizens in Action Serving All (CASA) Blue Island

City of Chicago, Office of the Mayor 

Community Partners for Affordable Housing

Connections for the Homeless

Cook County Commission on Human Rights

Corporation for Supportive Housing

Danielle Moon – Private Housing Provider 

DeLaCerda House, Inc.

DuPage County Housing Authority 

DuPagePads

Enterprise Community Partners 

Equity and Transformation

Establishing Firm Foundations Waterproofing

Family Bridges 

Family Rescue

GC Housing Development LLC 

Greg Hart - DuPage County Board member, District 3

Habitat of Illinois ASO

Heartland alliance

H.O.M.E. 

HOPE Fair Housing Center

Housing Action Illinois

Housing Authority Champaign County

Housing Authority of Cook County

Housing Authority of McDonough County

Housing Choice Partners - Suburban HCV Working Group

Housing Forward 

Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies

Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Illinois National Organization for Women 
IMPACT CIL 

IPADDUnite - Illinois Parents of Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Jacilyn Gunderson - Community Leader in City of Bloomington

Jane Addams Senior Caucus

Jeff Crabill, Bloomington City Council, Ward 8

Jenn Carrillo, Bloomington City Council, Ward 6

Julie Emig, Bloomington City Council, Ward 4

KAN-WIN

Kelby Cumpston - Community Leader in City of Bloomington

Kevin Wiley, Retired Colonel United States Army and CEO of Aquila Fidelis and Associates

Lakeview Lutheran Church

Latino Policy Forum

Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing

League of Women Voters of Illinois 

Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services

LIFE Center for Independent Living (LIFE CIL)

LINC, Inc.

Lord's Helpers

Mental Health America of Illinois

Metropolitan Family Services

Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity  Council 

MorningStar Mission Ministries, Inc. 

Metropolitan Tenants Organization (MTO) 

National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals - Chicago North Chapter (NAHREP)

National Immigrant Justice Center

Neighbors for Affordable Housing

North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic

Northside Community Development Corporation

Northside Community Resources

Northwest Center

Northwest Compass 

Northwest Side Housing Center 

Oak Park Housing Authority 

Oak Park Regional Housing Center

Open Communities 

PASO - West Suburban Action Project

Patrick Lawler - Community Leader in City of Bloomington City 

Progress Center for Independent Living 

Project Oz 

RAMP CIL

Respond Now 

Ronald J Clewer (Affordable Housing Developer)

SEIU Healthcare

Sheila Rutledge (DuPage Board member, District 6) 

Shriver Center on Poverty Law

Soule, Bradtke, and Lambert

South Suburban Housing Center

South Suburban PADS

Southsiders For Peace 

St. John's Episcopal Church

Supportive Housing Providers Association 

The Burton Foundation

The Law Offices of Marques A Eason LLC

The Network: Advocating Against Domestic Violence

Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President

Unite Here Local 1

Former US Senator Mark Kirk, Retired Commander US Navy Reserve

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Veterans Path to Hope

Western Egyptian Economic Opportunity Council

Westside Health Authority  

Willie Holton Halbert - Community Leader in City of Bloomington 

Winnebago County Housing Authority 

Women Unite!

Women's Council of Realtors West Suburban

Working Family Solidarity 

Yulanda Curtis (Veterans Legal Clinic Director)

Zillow