As stated in the Ordinance adopted by the Glenview Village Board of Trustees on August 6, the Village recognizes the importance of providing fair housing opportunities for all persons who seek to live in the Village, and also the importance of protecting the rights of landlords with regard to the selection of tenants based on non-discriminatory criteria.
Faced with the implementation of an ordinance passed by Cook County that changes the long-standing County policy of allowing landlords to choose whether to participate in the federal Section 8 housing voucher program, the Village Board exercised its home rule authority (as specifically permitted in the County ordinance) to enact an ordinance that maintained the status quo. The intention, as stated by several Trustees, was to revisit the decision after staff has had time to study the County’s intent in passing its ordinance and its impact on Glenview landlords and tenants.
The Ordinance adopted by the Village of Glenview does not prohibit the use of Section 8 housing assistance vouchers in the Village and does not, in any way, violate federal, state or county fair housing laws. It simply restored a landlord’s choice as to whether to participate in such a program.