“Knowledge is power.
The more knowledge that you have, the more you are informed,
the more you can advocate for yourself.”
—Housing Choice Voucher Program Participant
In 2017, the Chicago Policy Research Team and the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance published Not Welcome: The Uneven Geographies of Housing Choice, a policy report examining source of income discrimination and the experiences of Housing Choice Voucher participants in Chicago and suburban Cook County.
The Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance (CAFHA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit consortium of fair housing and advocacy organizations, government agencies, and municipalities committed to the value of fair housing, diversity, and integration. CAFHA works to combat housing discrimination and promote integrated communities of opportunity through education, advocacy, and collaborative action.
In 2016, CAFHA established the Housing Choice Voucher Working Group. This group brings together Housing Choice Voucher program participants, advocates, enforcement agencies, and public housing authorities to identify barriers to housing choice and determine ways to work together to create stable housing opportunities in Chicago and suburban Cook County.
Since its inception, the working group has worked specifically to identify enforcement gaps in source of income discrimination, education and outreach needs, administrative barriers within the Housing Choice Voucher program, and accessibility concerns.
In 2017, the working group launched this website to accelerate efforts to address source of income discrimination and barriers to housing choice through educational resources and research.