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Overly restrictive housing admission policies against people with criminal records have serious consequences for those individuals, including homelessness, and are a potential violation of their civil rights. Learn more.

Reducing the Cost of Being "Crime Free." It’s time for local governments to seriously consider the human and legal costs associated with local crime-free and nuisance property ordinances that regulate rental housing, landlords, and tenants. This report offers municipalities the tools necessary to create rental housing policies that value quality, safe rental housing while also protecting protected classes and respecting the rights of landlords and tenants. 

The Cost of Being "Crime Free." Crime free rental housing and nuisance property ordinances can have costly consequences for tenant families, landlords, and the whole community.

Preservation Compact. The Shriver Center is a partner organization to the Preservation Compact, which brings together the region's public, private, and nonprofit leaders to address the lost of affordable housing stock in Cook County, Illinois. 

Safe Homes Act. The Safe Homes Act protects the health and safety of survivors of domestic and sexual violence who live in rental and subsidized housing.

Fair Housing for People with Criminal Records. People with criminal records, regardless of whether they pose little or no threat, face an increasing number of housing barriers.

Municipal Accountability. Municipal governments throughout Illinois are pursuing policies that displace low-income tenants and threaten the supply of affordable housing. The Shriver Center holds municipalities accountable for the detrimental impact these policies and practices can have.  

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