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.

Noah Magaram

Noah has always been interested in social justice and progressive politics. His senior quote in high school was “politics is the shadow cast upon society by big business.” He decided to go to law school at DePaul College of Law when he realized that attorneys could have more impact than only protecting powerful interests. In the winter of 2011, Noah came to LCBH as an attorney-of-the-day volunteer.

Noah notes that a volunteer doing minor things for tenants disproportionately impacts their lives in a positive way. Keeping a tenant from facing homelessness may at times simply require a mundane transfer order. Many abusive landlords will often back off once they hear that the tenant simply has representation.

Noah’s first start to finish case was to help a tenant living in a foreclosed home. He got them $1400 in a deal with the bank, and the tenant referred to him as acting like the biblical Noah saving them from a flood. Noah has made countless contributions to LCBH since then including helping a tenant with disabilties stand up to an abusive landlord who was charging her for utility bills on a building that she did not live in. He secured time and money to move out and protected her from further abuse by removing her name from those utility bills. The deal allowed the tenant and her family to move on in their lives with a clean slate and no contact from the abusive landlord.

Cassandra Walker

Cassandra Walker (center) pictured at our 2011 Annual Reception with Legal Director Mark Swartz (left) and Supportive Services Director John Paul Beals (rigth)

Cassandra is a single mom with an ailing mother living with her. She found herself living in a deteriorating apartment building in foreclosure and suffering from several legal issues due to these circumstances. Thanks to her patience and perseverance and the incredible work of LCBH’s legal and supportive services team, Cassandra was able to move out of the foreclosed building, resolve her legal issues, receive damages and move into a substantially better apartment. Her “foreclosure eviction” filings were sealed and she is now able to move on with her life.