Source of Income Protections
for All Illinoisans
As of January 1, 2023, the Illinois Human Rights Act 775 ILCS 5/1-103 (O-5) has been amended to include source of income as a protected class for the purposes of housing discrimination. “Source of income” is defined as the lawful manner by which an individual supports himself/herself and his/her dependents. For renters, this means that any legal and verifiable source of income or housing assistance payment used to pay for rent must be treated the same by landlords as employment-based income.
The law makes housing more accessible to renters by prohibiting landlords from refusing to rent to qualified renters because of the source of their legal income. This is important because housing choice voucher beholders and other renters with non-wage income are especially susceptible to such discrimination. Click on the factsheets below for more information about this new protection or attend an upcoming workshop!
"For people with disabilities in particular, this law will provide a pathway
to living independently in the community.”
- Nabi Yisreael
Access Living - Disability Rights Action Coalition for Housing
Prior to the passage of HB 2775, the State of Illinois did not offer protections against discrimination based on legal sources of income such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), veterans benefits, child support, Housing Choice Vouchers, or any other type of non-wage income.
This meant that despite having enough funds to pay for their housing, families, and individuals could legally be turned away from available housing or threatened with eviction simply because a landlord or housing provider refused to accept their form of payment.
During the COVID pandemic, a majority of residents were struggling with rent or mortgage payments due to the economic instability that was heightened during this time. Advocates, social service agencies, and other professionals witnessed the increase of households at risk of losing their housing and they decided to form the Illinois Coalition for Fair Housing. With the leadership of people who were being directly impacted by source of income discrimination, the Coalition began working on re-energizing a decades-old campaign to pass a bill to protect Illinois residents from housing discrimination based on source of income.
On May 24, 2022, Governor JB Pritzker signed HB 2775 into law making it is a civil rights violation to engage in discriminatory actions in real estate transactions because of someone's source of income (Effective January 1, 2023). Housing providers may continue to use business criteria to screen tenants, but will no longer be able to turn renters away simply because they do not want to accept their legal form of payment.
The passage of HB 2775 is historical and significant. Illinois is now the 20th state to offer source of income protections and this law is in alignment with existing source of income protections in Cook County and City of Chicago.
Sponsors and Endorsers
Special thanks to Illinois Senator Ram Villivalam and Representative La Shawn K. Ford for serving as lead sponsors of HB 2775. After intensive advocacy efforts, the Coalition also received an outpour of support from co-sponsoring legislators, many of whom spoke in support of the bill.
We are very appreciative of all the individuals and colleagues, community organizations, municipalities, and businesses who took action to support this fair housing effort. Click on the image to see a full list of sponsors and endorsers.
The Illinois Coalition for Fair Housing is a growing group of impacted community members and advocates committed to making housing access in Illinois equitable and just. Organizational members include: