Mark’s Musings - October Edition Looking forward by celebrating the past

LCBH Executive Director Mark Swartz

We have started assessing this year's progress and thinking about what's ahead in 2020, our 40th anniversary as an organization. There's much of which to be proud and yet, new goals in housing justice will require considerable strategy, collaboration and coordination.

Celebrating accomplishments began on Monday, November 4 at our 39th Annual Bringing Justice Home event. At a gathering of LCBH’s staff, alumni, volunteers and friends, we recognized Emily Coffey, a former LCBH Loyola Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Intern and then Fellow, now at the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, with the inaugural Sharon L. King Distinguished Alumni Award, as well as our friends at DLA Piper LLP, who were selected for the Pro Bono Service Award. It was a terrific night, hosted by our friends at Kirkland & Ellis.

Did you catch that our Rentervention chatbot service recently made the news? Launched in May, tenants can access this "virtual help desk" 24/7 in the app or on our website. Tailored self-help resources, such as letters to landlords, are available for download and If needed, the bot makes a referral to a free lawyer providing limited scope support. Our partnership with Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO) and Lawyers Trust Fund (LTF) in piloting Rentervention has been exceptional as has been Conor Malloy's project leadership here at LCBH.

Read about another celebration as well as our desire to gather stories about the past.

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