Blog: LCBH News

Welcome to LCBH’s Blog. Our blog delivers original articles written by our staff, interns and volunteers. We strive to provide informative stories about the work we do on behalf of Chicago renters and the issues renters face.

35th Annual Benefit: Healthy, Happy & Housed Issue

LCBH held it's 35th Annual Benefit: Healthy, Happy & Housed on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. It was terrific to spend time with our friends and allies, old and new!

We heard firsthand from Mars Caulton, a tenant whom LCBH helped when the apartment she and her son lived in for 10 years went into foreclosure. She called LCBH She found herself in a scary web of legal problems just by living in a foreclosed unit, even though she had always paid her rent on time. LCBH put together a team of professionals to help her and her son through a very difficult ordeal and produced an outcome that looked much different than the harsh reality for most renters who must attend court without representation.

We also introduced our new Medical-Legal Partnership in collaboration with Loretto Hospital and PCC Community Wellness Center that brings medical providers and attorneys together to provide a continuum of care for low-income renters who disproportionately fail in their compliance with medical treatment due to barriers that can really only be properly addressed through some legal assistance. Housing problems are among the most common issues that keep people from complying with their treatment or in many instances either causing or exacerbating their illness such as the cases involving lead, mold, and bedbugs. This model of service delivery is can revolutionize the outcomes for people by creating a lasting impact through an interdisciplinary approach.

Kira Wilpone-Welborn

LCBH is teaming up with Loretto Hospital and PCC Community Wellness Center and creating a medical-legal partnership called Healthy Housing Chicago.

Pro Bono Impact

Chris Tompkins and Jeremy Dunnaback, Jenner & Block

At LCBH, pro bono is an integral part of our work. Our volunteers and interns give us the manpower and resources we need to do our work more effectively and to reach out to as many renters as possible.

35th Annual Benefit - HEALTHY, HAPPY & HOUSED

Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing invites you to our 35th Annual Benefit.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015
5:30 - 7:30 pm

77 West Wacker,
51st Floor

Join LCBH for an intimate gathering of mingling and fundraising, while enjoying an array of hors d’oeuvres and open bar all to support a great cause. Help us as we highlight the exceptional achievements over the last year, from dedicated individuals and organizations who continue to keep housing in Chicago healthy, affordable, and safe for all!

With your support, LCBH can continue to provide free legal and supportive services for lower-income renters while advocating for the rights of all renters!

Networking Night

Networking Night

Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing invites you to Networking Night hosted by our Young Professionals Board.

Networking Night

November 5, 2015
5:30 - 7: 30 PM

The Boss Bar
420 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60654

Enjoy happy hour at the bar as you meet and mingle with members of the LCBH Young Professionals Board and learn more about what it means to be a member and to advocate for those who do not have equal access to justice. Members of the YPB will be in attendance.

LCBH AmeriCorps VISTA, Lauren Madison

Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) is fortunate to host Lauren Madison, our 2015-2016 AmeriCorps VISTA. VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Authorized in 1964 and founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993. VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for 45 years.

Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? Where did you go to College?
I’m from Grosse Pointe Woods, a suburb of Detroit. I attended Hope College, where I majored in History and minored in Women’s and Gender Studies.

LCBH’s 2015-2016 social work interns (from left to right: Nicol, Samantha, Sylvie, Emily, Aileen, and Mary)

Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) is proud to introduce our six 2015 – 2016 social work interns who will be assisting LCBH clients with wraparound services to help to break down housing barriers. They will be here at LCBH through the spring and are excited to learn and assist in the struggle for affordable housing and we are excited for their help!

Mary Difino – Mary is a first year student at Jane Addams College of Social Work at University of Illinois at Chicago . After working and volunteering with Chicago Public Schools in the Austin and Cabrini Green neighborhoods, Mary decided to pursue a degree in School Social Work to become a better equipped and informed advocate for Chicago’s youth. She hopes to one day take the skills she has acquired to serve the Native American population of Northern Minnesota.

Nicol Elio – Nicol is in her final year of the Masters of Social Work Program at DePaul University. Nicol is originally from New York and has had many new experiences while in Chicago. She wants to become a social worker in order to help those less privileged. She is looking forward to gaining a macro level experience at LCBH.

Dine Out 2015 - Thank You!

Folks relaxing at Dine Out 2015

Thank you to all the guests who joined LCBH at DINE OUT 2015 on Thursday, July 30 at Zella. Guests had a great time networking and enjoying the patio. The 50/50 raffle was a success and a round of applause to YPB newest member Megan Burke for donating her 50/50 raffle winning back to the agency! Thanks to everyone who attended and special thanks to the LCBH Young Professional Board for organizing the event!

2015 Legal Interns

This summer, five legal interns spent their summer working with Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH), advocating for the rights of renters. Without these students, and recent graduates, who come to spend their summer with us, LCBH would have a tough time offering the legal services our clients need to resolve their housing issues. We asked each intern to share highlights from their LCBH experiences this summer:

Chloe Noonan came from Boston University School of Law to work with LCBH’s affordable housing preservation efforts. As part of her internship, Chloe regularly travels to buildings throughout Chicago to work with tenant unions. One of her favorite collaborations has been with a group of tenants on the south side living in a building that had fallen into disrepair. Chloe worked with the group to help them identify their common goals and used her knowledge of housing law to empower them to push for better management in the building.

Staff Outing

LCBH staff outing at Timber Lanes bowling alley

This summer, staff took time to enjoy an afternoon of bowling at Timber Lanes bowling alley. With the number of tenants in need of LCBH services increasing each year, the event was a nice break from staff members’ normally hectic schedules. Congratulations to staff attorney Frank Avellone for bowling 3 strikes in a row!!!