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September 2022

Supported by community partners and 165 pro bono volunteers, LCBH hosted 15 community-based clinics over the course of nine months to help tenants seal old eviction filing records. In an initiative undertaken in response to pandemic-era legislation that temporarily allowed sealing of eligible records, LCBH staff and volunteers assisted renters in their efforts to seal 1,058 records. With the lapse of this temporary legislation in August 2022, LCBH is joining allies to advocate for permanent legislation once again making it easier to seal eviction filing records.

August 2021

We’ve created this book to show you just how important you are to the individuals and families we serve.

Our promise to relentlessly advocate for renters facing homelessness is made possible because of you.

Because you care. Because you believe housing is a human right. Because you go beyond just believing to supporting housing justice through your incredible generosity and spirit of volunteerism. We are honored to be your partner in making Chicago more equitable for low- and moderate- income renters

Rentervention is a free resource for Chicago renters facing housing issues. You can chat online with Rentervention to learn more about your housing issue and how to resolve it.

Whether you’re facing an eviction, a security deposit dispute, utility shutoff, or other conditions issue, Rentervention is here to help.

Rentervention can provide you with:

  • Tailored letters to send to your landlord
  • Self-help resources and guides
  • A free lawyer
May 2019
Three reports were released in tandem with the launch of the Chicago Evictions data portal: 1) Chicago’s Eviction Crisis, 2) Most Families Forced Out for Less than $2,500 Back Rent, and 3) Legal Aid Attorneys Make the Difference.
From Hard Lens Media: What happened at Northwest Side Housing Center (NWSHC) Housing Justice Forum on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

The attached is the master calendar of events pertaining to the Chicago Housing Justice League and the City of Chicago's 5-Year Plan.

From Hard Lens Media: What happened at Preserving Pilsen: Future of Green Space and Affordable Housing event on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 with Frank Avellone and Jude Gonzlaes of Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing, Kim Wasserman of Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO), Maritza Orcha of DePaul University, and Moises Moy Moreno of Pilsen Alliance.

The principles enumerated here shall be enforced with the understanding that they are interrelated and each one must be upheld to create and enforce a just housing system. The Chicago Housing Justice League Guiding Principles were adopted March 27th, 2018.

The City of Chicago Is Responsible for Implementing Housing Strategies, Policies, and Procedures to Ensure:

March 2018

Tens of thousands of families and individuals face eviction in Illinois each year. The vast majority live in Cook County, which has more rental units than the other 101 Illinois counties combined. This report presents data from 105,272 completed residential eviction cases in Cook County from 2014 to 2017 along with local perspectives from tenants, legal aid attorneys, and a landlord on the issue of eviction.

September 2017

By Esme Caramello & Nora Mahlberg
The Clearinghouse Community, part of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Resource Guide: Eviction Process

Chicago Renters' Resource Guide, Chapter 8

This chapter of the Chicago Renters' Resource Guide has been updated and replaced by our Renters' Guide to Eviction Court

EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe there is no safe level of lead exposure. Lead is harmful to health, especially for children. While paint, dust, and soil are the most common sources of lead, drinking water can contribute 40 to 60 percent of an infant's lead exposure. The goal is to remove as much lead from your drinking water as possible. Chicagoans concerned about lead in their drinking water have a number of options to help reduce the amount of lead in their drinking water.

Housing is the lifeline to stability. Eliminating barriers to housing can have a resounding effect on vulnerable individuals and save countless taxpayer dollars. Currently in Cook County, private landlords and local public housing authorities regularly deny an applicant housing if s/he has had a prior arrest record or conviction. Barriers to housing based on criminal screenings are problematic for many reasons.

Every child deserves a safe and healthy home. Across the country, our children our not well and the 4 million children living in federally assisted housing are in peril. These innocent children are being lead poisoned and our current laws do nothing to stop it. Nothing will change without Congressional action. Protect our children’s futures and support the Lead-Safe Housing for Kids Act (S2631/HR4694).

According to the Insurance Information Institute, 95 percent of homeowners have insurance to cover loss or damage to their property and belongings. However, only 37 percent of renters have a policy to protect their possessions. Common misconceptions are that a landlord's homeowners policy will cover a renter's belongings or that renters insurance is expensive. With more people renting as opposed to buying, it's time for renters to protect themselves in the event of an accident, a theft or a disaster.

Many variables can shape a child’s outcome in life–like the zip code where a child grows up. That’s because not all neighborhoods have the same opportunities and resources, such as quality schools, transportation, housing, healthcare, food and jobs. The good news is that there are many ways to improve our communities so that everyone has a fair chance to succeed, regardless of zip code. You can play a vital role in your local community.

Information from Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO) about Illinois' Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program known as LIHEAP. The program is designed to help low-income households pay for their utilities and provides a on-time payment for use towards energy costs. The amount is based on income, household size, fuel type, and geographic location.

As of March 16, 2016, it is illegal to discriminate in Chicago against veterans, active duty military personnel, members of the reserve, and members of the National Guard. The City of Chicago has prepared several flyers, fact sheets and FAQ's to help inform people about new rules.

Under Chapter 5-12 of the Municipal Code of Chicago sections 5-12-081 and 5-12-082, the City Comptroller shall calculate and announce on the first business day of each year, the rate of interest to be paid on security deposits. This page on the City of Chicago's website provides those calculations.