Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs
Winnetka, IL, United States
Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs is dedicated to housing justice by advancing open, inclusive, and diverse communities throughout Chicago's northern suburbs. As the area’s premier voice for fair and affordable housing, Interfaith educates, advocates, and organizes to uphold these values. Interfaith promotes its mission through:Services that help individuals case-by-case or collectively; and Advocacy, education, and organizing to effect policy. Services:Fair Housing Enforcement: Interfaith investigates fair housing complaints and works to eradicate systemic housing discrimination by deploying trained volunteer testers, monitoring advertising, and evaluating local ordinances. Interfaith also files administrative complaints with appropriate governmental bodies. Foreclosure & Predatory Lending Prevention: Interfaith provides community outreach, education on options, referrals, loan document review, and negotiation with lenders to help prevent homeowners from losing their homes. Landlord/Tenant Complaint Investigation: Interfaith provides information and referrals to tenants regarding security deposits and helps resolve disputes around repairs and evictions. Where concerns are building-wide, Interfaith organizes tenants to collectively assert their rights. Homesharing: Interfaith matches residents who have room to share with renters who need a safe and affordable living space. Advocacy/Education/Organizing: Affordable & Fair Housing Advocacy: Interfaith works with local and regional groups to advance fair and affordable housing programs and policies, and facilitates grassroots support for bricks-and-mortar developments that create or preserve affordable units. Community Education: Interfaith conducts public education programs to promote understanding and support for fair and affordable housing among governmental bodies, real estate agencies, religious congregations, other local groups, and the general public. Community Organizing: Interfaith organizes at a variety of levels:Low-income or otherwise disadvantaged individuals threatened with displacement;Residents of all income levels and backgrounds into civil rights and affordable housing advocacy groups; Religious and lay leaders; and Community, civic, and religious groups into a unified voice for housing justice.