Mark’s Musings - September Edition

LCBH Executive Director Mark Swartz


I'm pleased to share that policy recommendations from LCBH's Chicago Evictions data portal launch event last May have led to several notable results:

  • LCBH will be an All Chicago Emergency Fund grantee, allowing the Eviction Diversion Program to expand and keep more renters housed.
  • The Chicago Reporter fully endorsed our recommendations.
  • Right to Counsel advocacy efforts are taking shape with our community partners.

You'll learn more about each of these when you attend the 39th Annual Bringing Justice Home Fall Networking and Awards event on Monday, November 4. I'm grateful to LCBH's Young Professionals Board for their hard work - this evening is one of my favorites. Get your ticket today and save $10.

An exciting addition this year is our inaugural Sharon L. King Distinguished Alumni Award presentation. So many dedicated individuals do and have done the front line work with individuals facing eviction in Chicago. Learn more about this award and nominate an LCBH "alum" who deserves recognition.

Our new fellows, Carl Sessions and Kaitlin Cutshaw, have been profiled in recent blog posts. Their projects are expanding our capacity to do more for tenants facing eviction.

By the way, this year's 39th anniversary means LCBH will turn 40 in 2020. Watch for opportunities in the coming months to share memories, reconnect with former colleagues, and much more as we celebrate all that you have helped accomplish - whether you've been here from the start or are just joining our efforts.

Thanks and see you soon,