Fair Housing Enforcement Investigations

South Suburban Housing Center has fought for housing justice in Chicago’s south suburbs since 1975. Through fair housing enforcement programming, we have filed notable complaints through federal, state, and local court systems to ensure that victims of fair housing law violations are made whole. Below are some of our recent cases with links to learn more.

Recent Cases and Investigations:

Redfin Redlines
In 2020, SSHC joined the National Fair Housing Alliance in filing a federal complaint against Redfin after a two year investigation of its minimum home price policy. Finding showed that Redfin’s policies restricted access to services and financial incentives for sellers and buyers of homes in predominantly non-White areas.

SSHC v. Dennis Kolios d/b/a Landmark Realty
This case involved a Fair Housing Act violation complaint filed in Federal District Court on November 11, 2019, alleging race discrimination against the owner and broker of a 6-unit apartment building in Orland Park, IL who refused to allow African Americans contacting him about advertised available apartments to set up viewing appointments.

SSHC vs. Barrios
SSHC joined two Chicago neighborhood organizations, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council and Logan Square Neighborhood Association, as plaintiffs in a 2018 lawsuit against County Assessor Joseph Berrios alleging racially and ethnically discriminatory and unfair residential property tax assessment practices that violate the Illinois Civil Rights Act, the Federal Fair Housing Act, and more.

REO Investigations

This lawsuit, filed in 2018 with the National Fair Housing Alliance and 18 other fair housing agencies, alleges that Bank of America, N.A., Bank of America Corp., and Safeguard Properties Management, LLC intentionally failed to provide routine exterior maintenance and marketing at Bank of America-owned homes in working- and middle-class African-American and Latino neighborhoods in 37 metropolitan areas, while they consistently maintained similar bank-owned homes in comparable white neighborhoods.