Currently landlords in suburban Cook County can deny housing to someone simply because they receive a HUD Housing Voucher. Although landlords cannot deny housing to people on the basis of race, disability, or family status, many voucher holders fall into one of those categories.
Therefore, discrimination against voucher holders is often a mask for other forms of discrimination, and it hurts some of the area’s most vulnerable residents. This legal form of discrimination makes it difficult for voucher holders to move near their school, workplace or church, to someplace healthier for their children, or forces them to live in high crime/low opportunity areas.
It's not fair that Section 8 tenants do not have the same choices available to other Cook county renters. It’s wrong; just like any other kind of discrimination is wrong, and the Cook County Commissioners will vote in mid-September to eradicate it. Add your name to a growing list of supporters calling for an end to discrimination against voucher holders.
Please take a minute to sign our petition, and then call your commissioner to say: "I support source of income protections for Section 8 voucher holders"
If you don't know your Cook County commissioner, you can call the directory of commissioners at (312) -269-7868 to find out. The vote is in mid-September, so call soon!