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 Bill Status of SB2492  102nd General Assembly


Short Description:  HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION

Senate Sponsors
Sen. Ram Villivalam - Karina Villa and Robert Peters

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  4/16/2021SenateRule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
310 ILCS 70/4from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 1304
310 ILCS 70/10from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 1310
735 ILCS 5/9-106.4 new
775 ILCS 5/1-102from Ch. 68, par. 1-102
775 ILCS 5/1-103from Ch. 68, par. 1-103
775 ILCS 5/3-102from Ch. 68, par. 3-102
775 ILCS 5/3-102.2 new
775 ILCS 5/3-103from Ch. 68, par. 3-103
775 ILCS 5/3-106from Ch. 68, par. 3-106
775 ILCS 5/8B-104from Ch. 68, par. 8B-104


Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Homelessness Prevention Act. Provides that the Department of Human Services shall be mindful of preventing undue administrative burden in the application process for individual tenants in applying for assistance. Provides that program staff shall endeavor to lessen any administrative burden on landlords receiving assistance payments. Amends the Eviction Article of the Code of Civil Procedure. Provides that a defendant shall have an affirmative defense to any action where the plaintiff demands has made a demand for possession that is based on unpaid rent regardless of whether the owner has joined in the action a claim for rent if the defendant, a social services agency, or a government agency offered the owner an application for emergency housing assistance and the owner refused to complete the process to obtain the emergency housing assistance and the defendant would have been eligible for the emergency housing assistance program. Provides that the owner may overcome the affirmative defense only if the court makes a finding that the application for emergency housing assistance would impose a significant administrative burden on the owner. Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Defines "source of income". Provides that if a landlord requires that a prospective tenant or current tenant have a certain threshold level of income, then the landlord shall subtract any source of income in the form of a rent voucher or subsidy from the total of the monthly rent prior to calculating if the income criteria have been met. Provides that a landlord shall not apply an income or asset requirement to a tenant with a non-wage source of income that the landlord does not apply to all tenants. Provides that if an income or asset requirement serves to generally exclude participants in a housing or benefits program, that requirement shall be considered presumptively discriminatory. Makes other changes.

Actions 
DateChamber Action
  2/26/2021SenateFiled with Secretary by Sen. Ram Villivalam
  2/26/2021SenateFirst Reading
  2/26/2021SenateReferred to Assignments
  3/16/2021SenateAdded as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Karina Villa
  3/23/2021SenateAssigned to Judiciary
  3/24/2021SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Robert Peters
  4/16/2021SenateRule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

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