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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The CHA's 'supervoucher' program: a desegregation strategy that never was

The CHA's 'supervoucher' program: a desegregation strategy that never was: Chicago Reader

On the morning of July 8, 2015, Julian Castro, the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, stood before a group of reporters and television cameras on Chicago's south side. Flanked by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Housing Authority's acting CEO, Eugene Jones, Castro was in town to make an important announcement—a mea culpa of sorts on behalf of the American government. Nearly 50 years after the passage of the Fair Housing Act, the nation had failed to reverse decades of segregation.

New report by Chicago Urban League highlights housing segregation: The Examiner

One of the the first impressions that visitors and tourists often remark about Chicago is its racial segregation, an insight into a reality that has been sustained, and supported over many decades, despite some pockets of relief. Reluctantly acknowledged by some, the reality has had an effect on the social fabric of the city and has resulted in limiting the economic and employment opportunities for African Americans.

Study Highlights Energy Burden for Households and How Energy Efficiency Can Help

A new study out today confirms that low-income, households of color, multifamily and renting households spend a much larger percentage of their income on energy bills than the average family, providing new evidence of the urgent need to expand energy efficiency programs to vulnerable communities.

Renter Stories

Edna’s Ordeal Ends Well with LCBH at Her Side

Edna

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 Help Line for assistance.

Working Together with Betty

Betty

Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) helps preserve the vitality and affordability of Chicago’s neighborhoods.

Foreclosure: a Renter’s Perspective

A Tenants Union Leader

Following is a recent letter from a client describing her experiences living in a recently foreclosed apartment building and dealing with the new bank owners.

Neighborhood

Ali Family

This summer, Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) teamed up with the John Marshall Law School’s Pro Bono Program and Heartland Alliance to help a family in crisis get a fresh start.

LCBH Helps Renter Enforce Her Legal Rights Under the Keep Chicago Renting Ordinance

Bianca Brown

Bianca Brown recently contacted the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) Tenants in Foreclosure Helpline. An LCBH attorney counseled Ms.