Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing

LCBH provides free, comprehensive legal representation so that renters have a trusted advocate in court. Combined with education, outreach, supportive services and policy initiatives, our programs holistically address both the short-term housing crisis and underlying causes, so that more families can move from a path leading to homelessness to one of safe and stable housing.

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Renters Unite to Demand Affordable Housing

Renters Unite to Demand Affordable Housing, Truthout

The lack of affordable housing across the country has gained increasing attention in recent months. A report released earlier this year by the personal finance website SmartAsset found that in 12 of the top 15 US cities, rents had increased from 2015 to 2016. In some places, rent prices skyrocketed; San Francisco, Seattle and Miami all had increases of over 7 percent. In Los Angeles, average rental rates went up 17 percent.

Proposed change would weaken Tenants Bill of Rights

Proposed change would weaken Tenants Bill of Rights:Chicago Reporter

Thirty years after passage of the Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance, advocates are celebrating its success — and warning that a two-word change being pushed by the realtors could seriously weaken the measure.

Strict landlord-tenant law marks 30th year

Strict landlord-tenant law marks 30th year: Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

A city ordinance aimed at bolstering tenant’s rights against their landlords turns 30 this month.

Tenants groups across the city found the milestone for the Residential Landlords and Tenants Ordinance to be a cause for celebration — even as they mount a defense against a landlord-driven effort at City Hall to lessen penalties against noncompliant property owners.

Lawrence Davis Wood, the director of LAF’s housing practice group, said on Thursday — the formal anniversary date — that the ordinance was “an incredibly important document.”

Renter Stories

Rachel’s Paycheck-to-Paycheck Reality


We may not realize it, but many people are “one paycheck away from being homeless.” Unfortunately this is the reality for many of those we see at LCBH.



During her annual checkup, Shannon’s doctor asked whether she was experiencing any stress.

John Sees His Doctor


John is a young disabled man who has had asthma all of his life. John is unable to work and he lives on very limited resources and income from Social Security.

In the Case of Occupants Known

Amanda and George

Amanda and George Fullerton have lived in Chicago all their lives.

Edna’s Ordeal Ends Well with LCBH at Her Side


Edna is a funny, vibrant single mother of three small children.

Mars Caulton

Mars Caulton

After finding out the apartment she had called home for over 10 years had gone into foreclosure, Mars Caulton called the LCBH Tenants in Foreclosure Helpline for assistance.