The Chicago Association of REALTORS® fully supports the practice of equal opportunity and Fair Housing. Chicago’s history with fair housing is long and complex. Our association’s is, as well. In order for us to move forward, it’s important to recognize our history with fair housing and discrimination.
The History of Fair Housing in Chicago
Chicago REALTORS® History of Inclusion
- 1950: Admitted Women Members
- 1963: Admitted Black Members
Chicago REALTORS® Presidential Firsts
- 1978: Marion Manor (First African American/Black President)
- 1986: Lorraine Johnson (First Woman President)
- 2005: Nancy Suvarnamani (First Asian American President)
- 2006: Alex Chapparo (First Latino President)
Acknowledgement & Apology
At our 50th anniversary of Fair Housing commemorative event in October 2018, CAR President Tommy Choi, with the unanimous support of our Board of Directors, delivered remarks recognizing and apologizing for the association’s historical role in discriminatory practices in housing. Read and watch those remarkshere.
WHAT WE’RE DOING
DIVERSITY COMMITTEE – THE 77
In 2019, we formed ourDiversity Committee- the 77. The 77, named after Chicago’s 77 unique neighborhoods, has at least one representative from each of Chicago’s neighborhoods to ensure a wide representation of our membership. The 77 will:
- Tackle topics like fair housing and economic development
- Engage with local chambers of commerce and quasigovernmental bodies (i.e. TIF Boards)
- Serve (via a designated representative) each community and provide local REALTORS® with answers to frequently asked questions, advice and association information.
NAR’s NEW FAIR HOUSING ACTION PLAN
NAR’s new Fair Housing Action Plan, abbreviated ‘ACT,’ emphasizes (A)ccountability, (C)ulture Change, and (T)raining in order to ensure America’s 1.4 million Realtors® are doing everything possible to protect housing rights in America.Learn More.
Illinois REALTORS® Discriminatory Appraisal Task Force
Illinois REALTORS®, which is dedicated to eradicating discrimination in every facet of real estate transactions, created the Discriminatory Appraisals Task Force in December 2020 with the aim of ending the practice all together. The 22-member task force is comprised of Illinois REALTORS® members, lenders and appraisers from across the state and is chaired by REALTOR® Lutalo McGee of Chicago.Learn More.
Training & Resources
AT HOME WITH DIVERSITY COURSE
At Home With Diversity is an educational experience designed to present a picture of the changing face of the real estate industry. More importantly, the class teaches how real estate professionals can increase their sensitivity and adaptability to future market trends. Additionally, you will learn to thrive as an effective service provider and community leader. The course addresses issues of diversity, fair housing, and cultural differences. All three subjects are closely related and have value for real estate professionals who must serve diverse local markets.
FAIR HOUSING EDUCATION AT the Chicago Association of REALTORS®
The REALTORS® Real Estate School offers a wide variety of topics and course formats designed for real estate professionals and taught by local subject-matter-experts.
From certifications to continuing education, choose between in-person courses and live webinars.
NEW! FAIRHAVEN: A FAIR HOUSING SIMULATION
A new interactive training platform designed to help combat discrimination in America’s real estate market – made available at no cost to real estate professionals throughout the country,Fairhavenis an immersive simulation where agents work against the clock to close four deals, confronting various scenarios where discrimination enters into the transaction. The training also provides customized feedback to help real estate professionals incorporate fair housing principles in their daily interactions.
Fairhaven comes as part ofNAR’s ACT! Initiative, the association’s fair housing action plan that emphasizes Accountability, Culture Change and Training to promote equal opportunity in real estate.
BIAS OVERRIDE: OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO FAIR HOUSING VIDEO
The mind science experts at the Perception Institute present an online workshop to help members avoid implicit bias in their daily business interactions. Drawing upon the latest evidence-based research, Perception explains how our brains’ automatic, instant association of stereotypes with particular groups can cause us to treat those who are different from us unfairly, despite our best intentions and often without our conscious awareness.
Perception then applies these concepts to the everyday work of REALTORS®, and offers strategies to override bias in order to convey respect, ensure fairness, and improve business relationships.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® FAIR HOUSING FIELD GUIDE
TheNAR Fair Housing Programincludes the latest Fair Housing News, free fair housing products, useful links and the REALTOR® Fair Housing Declaration.
NAR FAIR HOUSING TRAINING VIDEO
Providing equal service to all is the basic tenet of federal fair housing law and part of NAR’s Code of Ethics. NAR’s fair housing training video is available as a free download to all associations and members. Ensure your service is fair and legal.
How to Report A Fair Housing Violation
If you believe you or your client has been a victim of a Fair Housing violation, we encourage you to report the violation to both the Chicago Association of REALTORS® Professional Standards staff, as well as the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations, which enforces the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance and the Chicago Fair Housing Ordinance.
FILE AN ETHICS COMPLAINT
If you believe that a REALTOR® has violated one or more Articles of the Code of Ethics, you can file an ethics complaint alleging a violation(s) through the local REALTOR® association where the REALTOR® holds membership or participates in a REALTOR® association-owned/operated MLS.File a complaint on our website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“房地产经纪人®不得否认专业就是平等ces to any person for reasons of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. REALTORS® shall not be parties to any plan or agreement to discriminate against a person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
REALTORS®, in their real estate employment practices, shall not discriminate against any person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. (Amended 1/23)”– Article 10, REALTOR® Code of Ethics
FILE A COMPLAINT WITH CHICAGO’S COMMISSION ON HUMAN RELATIONS
如果发生了违反我的住房单位s located within Chicago’s city limits, file a discrimination complaint at the Commission on Human Relations within 365 days. There is no fee to file, and you may either self-file via email or mail or file a complaint in person with the assistance of an investigator. Click here to file and access available resources.
FILE A COMPLAINT WITH COOK COUNTY’S COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
Additionally, if the housing unit where the violation occurred is located within Cook County, file a discrimination complaint at the Commission on Human Relations within 180 days. There is no fee to file.Explore more about the complaint process.
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FILE A COMPLAINT WITH ILLINOIS’ DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
Discrimination is prohibited under the Human Rights Act on the bases of race, color, religion, sex (including sexual harassment), national origin, ancestry, military status, age (40 and over), order of protection status, marital status, sexual orientation (which includes gender-related identity), pregnancy, unfavorable military discharge and physical and mental disability. The Act also prohibits discrimination based on familial status in real estate transactions.
A charge of discrimination must be filed within 300 days after the alleged discriminatory action, or one year for a Fair Housing case. The processing of a charge filed with the Department involves several steps. Learn more about the process here.
FILE A COMPLAINT WITH HUD
If you believe you have experienced discrimination in renting or buying a home, getting a mortgage, obtaining housing insurance, seeking housing assistance, or in other housing-related activities, you can file a complaint with HUD. You can also file a complaint if you believe you have been denied an equal opportunity to participate in a HUD program. You may file online, via email or mail, or over the phone. Here’s what you need to know.
FAIR HOUSING ASSETS
REALTORS® are committed to creating fair housing opportunities for everyone. Be a champion for fair housing by sharing NAR’s social media materials.
Eitherclick hereto access the assets or personalize the materials in the Photofy app. To download the app:
- At the bottom of the page, fill out the information under “Get Started with Photofy Today.” You will need your NRDS ID number for this!
- Open the email from Photofy and download the app on your device.
- Once the app is downloaded, open it. Click “Business Sign In” on the homepage and log in with your information, including your username and password.
- You should be directed to the NAR member screen. If you are not, tap “NAR Member” at the bottom of the screen to switch views.
- Click the template option to add a photo or logo to and share. Logos or photos can be taken from your device’s photos, your social channels or your Dropbox.
Additional DEI & Fair Housing Event Playback Videos
To view the full Fair Housing virtual event recording playlist, select the dropdown arrow in the upper left hand corner. Then, select the video.