A new study by the John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Clinic found that limitations to fair housing are making segregation in the Chicago
metropolitan area worse.
The team examined local housing
discrimination cases from 2009 to 2012. Among the findings was a 30
percent increase in clients who say they experienced discrimination
from landlords because they have subsidized housing vouchers.
Low-income renters have protections in Chicago and Cook County, but
the report offers numerous ways to better achieve the goals of fair
housing in the Chicago metropolitan area.
Michael Seng, director of the housing clinic, told WBEZ that federal reforms are necessary to strengthen protections of renters in the city and other parts of the state.
the recommendations, the teams says the Fair Housing Act needs to be
amended to provide protection to immigrants and people who are not
proficient in English. The report also calls for protection on the basis
of sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as limited
protection for ex-offenders, among other reforms and initiatives. The report found that LGBT youth make up a significant part of the city's homeless population, noting that there are no shelters for this demographic on the South and West Sides of Chicago.