2011 Annual Report

The housing and foreclosure crisis captured many headlines in 2011, and Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing continued to be the only organization in Chicago with legal and supportive services focused solely on rental families.

In the fourth year of this ongoing crisis, apartment building foreclosures left low-income families vulnerable to unscrupulous landlords who continued to collect rent and banks that forced them out and then abandoned the property. Once again, more rental units in Chicago were impacted by foreclosures than residential homes or condominiums.

As with all issues facing tenants, LCBH takes a comprehensive approach: up-to-date information on foreclosure filings; education on the rights of renters; legal advocacy and representation for those being evicted; and policy efforts to ensure that the rights of renters are protected.

While many of our resources have of necessity been directed to working with families in foreclosed buildings, our other legal programs continue to serve low-income families in eviction court and housing court and to provide intervention for urgent issues such as lock-outs and utility shutoffs.

For over 30 years, LCBH has been the go-to agency for renters in Chicago. With your ongoing support we will continue to be the legal experts to turn to for assistance with rental problems.