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2004 Pending Legislation


Fair and Affordable Housing Bills

The Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs urges your support for the following initiatives currently before the Illinois state legislature:

*A Property Tax Code Amendment (SB 2112) is a statewide property tax relief package that will limit residential assessment increases from growing more than 7% per year and further expands current exemptions. This bill was introduced to address concerns regarding skyrocketing residential property values in gentrifying areas. The bill now moves to Governor Blagojevich for his signature. Once signed into law, the 7% cap will be applied to the recent dramatic assessment increases in the Chicago area brought on by the strong residential real estate market. Chicago homeowners, whose 2003 reassessment resulted in a median increase of 32%, will see the relief reflected on the second-installment tax bills they will receive this fall. Homeowners in the North and South suburbs will benefit following their upcoming reassessments in 2004 and 2005 respectively. Please contact the Governor and urge his signature.

* A bill to add a Source of Income Amendment to the Illinois Human Rights Act (HB 4439 and SB 2467) to protect people who receive income or rent subsidies from housing discrimination. While state law prohibits rental discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, and marital or familial status, landlords can legally discriminate based on a person's source of income, such as Social Security Income or use of Housing Choice Vouchers.

* A bill to create the Rental Housing Support Program (HB 4100, SB 520) to create a subsidy program that would make rents affordable for families earning 30% or below their area median income (around $21,000) with an increase in state fee on the recordation of real estate documents. The rental subsidy would go directly to participating landlords or be used to subsidize the operating costs of newly constructed or rehabbed units.

For current information on the status of housing legislation in Illinois, please refer to: www.legis.state.il.us/legislation/default.asp.


On a national level, Interfaith supports legislation that would:
* create a National Housing Trust Fund (HR 1102) in the Treasury to build and preserve 1.5 million units of rental housing for the lowest income families over the next 10 years.

 

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