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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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.

For Renters, a Bleak Future

America’s housing crisis will likely worsen during the next decade, with millions more struggling to make monthly payments.
For Renters, a Bleak Future: The Atlantic - City Lab

Things haven’t been easy for renters over the past few years. Low vacancy rates—as more people move into rentals and fewer people move out—have meant skyrocketing prices. Add in years of stagnant wages, and it’s easy to comprehend why making rent is becoming a more difficult prospect for many families. And according to a new report, things may only get worse in the decade to come.

For Children & Mothers, Eviction Has Long-term Consequences: How Housing Matters

As millions of families in the United States experience eviction, little research exists of the impact of eviction on their lives. In a study published by Social Forces, researchers analyzed the material, mental and physical impacts of eviction. The researchers centered their study on low-income urban mothers, a group with the highest likelihood of eviction.

Renter Stories

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.

Lydia and Anthony Garcia

Lydia and Anthony Garcia

A decade ago, Lydia and Anthony Garcia, an elderly couple, moved into the second floor of an owner occupied two-flat.

Chicago neighborhood

Leo Jones

Leo Jones heard about LCBH’s Tenants in Foreclosure Help Line and called looking for help. Mr.