Programs and Services
You Provide an Advocate’s Voice in Court.
Thanks to generous supporters, dedicated pro bono attorneys, and LCBH staff attorneys, the LCBH Attorney of the Day Eviction Defense (AOD) Program provides free quality legal representation to Chicago’s most vulnerable renters facing eviction, including many elderly, disabled, or single mothers. More than 90% of renters facing eviction in Cook County are not represented by a lawyer, and most experience eviction trials lasting less than three minutes, on average, regardless of any valid legal defenses. In 2013, LCBH represented over 473 families in court, resulting in $1,017,336 in back rent waived or damaged awarded in favor of renters. There were 3,453 tenants who received LCBH brief services or referrals.
You Protect the Vitality and Affordability of Chicago’s Neighborhoods.
With your support of LCBH, the Affordable Housing Preservation Program (AHPP) helps preserve and protect safe, accessible, and affordable housing in Chicago by providing legal assistance to individuals, and groups of renters, living with building code violations, or other unsafe conditions due to deterioration or foreclosure. In 2013, LCBH worked with renters in 207 rental buildings, resulting in improving or preserving 1,797 rental units.
You Deliver Emergency Assistance for Renters.
The Tenant Advocacy Project (TAP) provides pre-eviction assistance to renters whose utilities have been illegally shut off, have been locked out of their homes by the landlord, or experienced other serious life-threatening issues. Coordinated through our Pro Bono Project, the work is done almost entirely by volunteer attorneys who generously donate their valuable time and legal skills to help renters in our Chicago neighborhoods facing very serious housing problems that cannot or have not been able to be resolved with the landlord without legal intervention. This intervention is important to maintain the quality of life for renters in Chicago, preserve rental units, and keep buildings in Chicago neighborhoods occupied. In 2013, LCBH provided legal representation, without litigation, for 184 client families.
You Protect the Rights of Renters in Foreclosure.
Since 2008, the Tenants in Foreclosure Intervention Project (TFIP) has worked to ensure that the laws protecting renters are upheld throughout the foreclosure process. LCBH provides legal representation, advocacy, and educational workshops for a variety of stakeholders including attorneys, community advocates, and renters. TFIP works diligently to preserve affordable housing units that are being lost to foreclosure throughout the neighborhoods of Chicago, in the suburbs and other impacted areas of Illinois. LCBH is the only legal aid agency in the Chicago area that focuses solely on the issues facing renters living in foreclosed buildings.
You Ensure Everyone has Access to Housing Free from Discrimination.
The Fair Housing Project (FH) of LCBH heads up the Fair Housing Education Consortium (FHEC). Funded by the Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development, FHEC provides fair housing training to housing providers, tenants, community organizations, and the general public, creating awareness of and combating discrimination in housing. In 2013, there were 28 FHEC fair housing trainings offered, with 616 attendees.
You Connect Renters to Lasting Solutions Promoting Housing Stability.
With your help, LCBH is able to provide Supportive Services for LCBH’s most vulnerable clients, offering holistic solutions that go beyond the short term housing crisis. The Supportive Services team provides tenants with assessment, assistance in locating alternative affordable housing, applying for emergency funding, screening for public benefits, and linkage to other essential services. There were 94 families, with 282 individuals including 121 children, who were successfully assisted by the Supportive Services department in 2013.