Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing

LCBH provides free, comprehensive legal representation so that renters have a trusted advocate in court. Combined with education, outreach, supportive services and policy initiatives, our programs holistically address both the short-term housing crisis and underlying causes, so that more families can move from a path leading to homelessness to one of safe and stable housing.

In The NewsMore news

Gas Leaks, Mold, and Rats: Millions of Americans Live in Hazardous Homes

Gas Leaks, Mold, and Rats: Millions of Americans Live in Hazardous Homes: The Atlantic

There are about 135 million homes in America, and a surprisingly large portion of them pose threats to their residents: 30 million homes in the U.S. have serious health and safety hazards, such as gas leaks, damaged plumbing, and poor heating. About 6 million of those have structural problems. Another 6 million have lead paint.

One development ordinance does not serve all neighborhoods

For a closeup of our changing city, take a trip out to Milwaukee Avenue and look at the construction near the CTA's Blue Line stations. Thanks to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2015 "transit-oriented development," or TOD, ordinance, the corridor is gaining more than 700 apartments within a couple of blocks of its transit hubs.

The ordinance allows developers to dramatically cut the amount of parking per residential unit and allows more units on the same building footprint. It's an excellent strategy to fill vacant lots, develop underutilized parcels and build CTA ridership.

Council approves $20M property tax rebate program

No relief yet for renters
Council approves $20M property tax rebate program

With no apologies for the modest level of assistance, the City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a $20 million property tax rebate to inoculate the mayor and aldermen from some of the political fallout from a record property tax increase.

The average rebate for the 155,000 eligible households will be $150. Senior citizens who own homes where the equalized assessed value has increased by 30 percent or more could get up to $300.

Renter Stories

Rachel’s Paycheck-to-Paycheck Reality

Rachel

We may not realize it, but many people are “one paycheck away from being homeless.” Unfortunately this is the reality for many of those we see at LCBH.

Shannon

Shannon

During her annual checkup, Shannon’s doctor asked whether she was experiencing any stress.

John Sees His Doctor

John

John is a young disabled man who has had asthma all of his life. John is unable to work and he lives on very limited resources and income from Social Security.

In the Case of Occupants Known

Amanda and George

Amanda and George Fullerton have lived in Chicago all their lives.

Edna’s Ordeal Ends Well with LCBH at Her Side

Edna

Edna is a funny, vibrant single mother of three small children.

Mars Caulton

Mars Caulton

After finding out the apartment she had called home for over 10 years had gone into foreclosure, Mars Caulton called the LCBH Tenants in Foreclosure Help Line for assistance.