Events

Fair Housing Training
Monday, March 02, 2015

Evanston - Landlord & Tenant Advice
Thursday, March 05, 2015

All Things Landlord and Tenant
Monday, March 09, 2015

Fair Housing Tester Training
Saturday, April 11, 2015

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Featured Stories

Quality of Life, (e)Quality of Place: Growing Local Economies through Equitable Transit-Oriented Development

Today Open Communities and Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) released Quality of Life, e(Q)uality of Place, a joint guidebook to create more inclusive, welcoming AND economically viable communities by planning for housing near transit (commonly called Transit-Oriented Development or TOD). CNT and Open Communities found that Chicago’s northern suburbs have fallen short in mixed income TOD. The...   more >>

A Note Regarding Ferguson, Missouri

This weekend, Joan Gallagher (Director of Science at Niles North High School in Skokie) reached out to colleagues for advice and solidarity in how to How to Teach Kids About Ferguson. Her e-mail is important for all of us, whether we interact with students, children, adults or everyone in between. As she said, silence sends a negative message. In order to foster welcoming and inclusive communities,...   more >>

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Recent Blog Posts

Winter is Coming: Know Your Rights and Be a Good Neighbor

Please forgive our Game of Thrones reference. Winter may already be here, so it’s important to know what to do in the event you are without heat or if you have have insufficient heat.  Each community has their own timetable and rules for providing heat in rental units. If you are unable to resolve a heating problem with your landlord, call your local municipality for support. Many municipalities...   more >>

What Do Welcoming and Diverse Suburbs Look Like?

Three residents of diverse backgrounds shared their life experiences and insights at Open Communities’ 42nd annual meeting. Under the title “We Are Here. Now What?”, the panel discussed what makes communities in Chicago’s northern suburbs truly welcoming and inclusive. Through Open Communities’ community organizing, fair housing programs and foreclosure prevention counseling, we often contemplate...   more >>

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In the Media

Fair Housing Heats Up In Glenview

By Selena Fragassi Many North Shore suburbs are struggling with fair housing and affordable housing initiatives. The subject of fair housing turned the February 17 bi-weekly meeting of Glenview’s Village Trustees into one of the more contentious in recent memory. “I don’t remember ever spending this amount of time talking to people about a decision we’ve had to make,” said Trustee Deborah Karton....   more >>

Glenview takes step in changing fair housing ordinance

By Todd Shields, Pioneer Press On March 3, trustees are scheduled to again address amending the ordinance in a vote that would be binding. The fair housing controversy in Glenview neared resolve Feb. 17, when trustees voted 5-1 to move toward amending a village ordinance that does not require landlords to accept housing vouchers. The issue started in 2013, when Cook County approved an ordinance...   more >>

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