HB 2775: Expanding Housing Protections for All Illinoisans
On May 23, 2022, Governor JB Pritzker signed HB 2775 into law. 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 from available housing simply because of their source of income. This is a huge win for the Coalition, but even more so, for renters who have experienced hardship as a result of unfair treatment and housing discrimination based on the legal way they pay for rent.
“HB 2775 will help low-income people with disabilities and people of color, who are most often discriminated against based on their source of income, live in the housing of their choice,” said Nabi Yisrael, Disability Rights Action Coalition for Housing Member at Access Living. “For people with disabilities in particular, this law will provide a pathway to living independently in the community.”
HB 2775 amends the Illinois Human Rights Act and declares that it is the public policy of the State to prevent discrimination based on source of income in real estate transactions. The Act defines "source of income" as the lawful manner by which an individual supports himself or herself and his or her dependents and provides that it is a civil rights violation to engage in discriminatory actions in real estate transactions because of an individual's source of income.
The Need for Source of Income Protections
Prior to the recent 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.
Despite having enough funds to pay for rent, many families and individuals are constantly turned away from available housing or threatened with eviction because their form of payment is not accepted by their landlord. This is known as source of income discrimination in housing.
At a time when housing costs are increasing, it is urgent that we continue to ensure that no one is denied a home. 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 under Cook County and City of Chicago.
HB 2775 will impact:
Workers who suffered economic instability due to the coronavirus pandemic,
Single mothers using child support, alimony payments or other types of non-wage funds to pay for housing,
Over 99,000 Housing Choice Voucher participants who are often discriminated against in housing,
Veterans who use a Veteran Administration subsidy to pay for their housing,
Individuals using SSI and/or disability-specific accounts to pay for rent; and
Persons fleeing domestic violence, sex trafficking, or other dangerous situations.
The Illinois Coalition for Fair Housing is grateful to all the organizations, individuals, and legislators who supported our efforts to pass HB 2775. Thanks to our joint efforts, source of income protections are now a reality in Illinois. Click on the button below to view a quick and easy explainer on HB 2775 and the protections it would offer against source of income discrimination in housing. The fact sheet lists co-sponsoring legislators, endorsing organizations, businesses, municipalities and other elected officials.
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: