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Cook County Commission on Human Rights Releases New Memo Detailing Source of Income Protections

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The Cook County Commission on Human Rights has updated its guidance on source of income protections to clarify local protections for renters who use Housing Choice Vouchers in Cook County. A new memo, approved by the CCCHR Board of Commissioners on February 3, 2022, restates the County’s commitment to protecting HCV families from discrimination, and clarifies that those who experience discrimination based on their status as voucher holders may file discrimination claims and receive compensation. The memo also provides guidance for property owners on how to apply rent-to-income ratio requirements for a prospective tenant who uses a voucher. Proper guidance and enforcement are crucial to protecting renters’ rights in Cook County. Read the memo here.