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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Section 8 voucher holders face blatant discrimination on Craigslist: WBEZ

Despite a 25-year old Chicago law banning the practice, landlords across the city continue to explicitly discriminate against Section 8 voucher holders, WBEZ has found.

An alderman, the mob and an SRO

An alderman, the mob and an SRO: Chicago Sun Times

Ald. George Cardenas (12th) says he was only trying to help the homeless when he introduced an ordinance to exempt SROs —single-room occupancy buildings — from the city’s residential landlord-tenant ordinance.

How strange then that all the city’s low-income housing advocates are arrayed against him, while his main support is from an SRO operated by a mob-connected businessman.

The SRO in question — a non-descript facility at 723 W. Grand sometimes known as the Acacia Hotel — is seeking relief from a legal dispute with current and former tenants.

Heavy rent burdens + strong renter growth = tough times ahead for US households: Urban Institute

A new report from Enterprise Community Partners and Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) calls for policymakers to prioritize the preservation and development of affordable rental housing, based on projections that the number of cost-burdened renters will grow substantially from 2015 to 2025. We agree. If anything, we think the challenge is even bigger.

Renter Stories

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


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.


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.

Chicago apartment buildings

The Merkels

During a hot and sticky Chicago summer, Grace and Robert Merkel moved into a single-family home with their six children.