Education & Awareness

By providing education, data, and policy guidance, LCBH equips its community partners with tools to conduct effective campaigns to engage renters. LCBH’s programming works to highlight neighborhood connections and community investment by providing legal representation and the tools and knowledge necessary to empower renters to stay and thrive in their communities.

Chicago For All

The Chicago For All Coalition was convened by ONE Northside, and includes LCBH and many other tenant advocate and social service organizations. The purpose of the coalition is to address the rapid depletion of Single Room Occupancy (SROs) hotels in Chicago. SROs provide short and long-term affordable housing options for some of the city’s most vulnerable, very low-income residents, like the recently homeless, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Equal Housing Opportunity

The Fair Housing Education Consortium (FHEC) provides fair housing training to educate various stakeholders in order to work towards elimination of discrimination and further promote equal access to housing, throughout Chicago.

Since the Keep Chicago Renting Ordinance (KCRO) went into effect in fall of 2013, LCBH has worked to ensure that the ordinance’s protections for renters in foreclosed properties are carried out effectively. With the goal of keeping foreclosed properties occupied, new owners (primarily lending institutions) must offer qualified renters either the option to stay in their home or a relocation fee of $10,600 to help families start over after being forced out.

Keep Chicago Renting

With the passage of the Keep Chicago Renting Ordinance (KCRO) in June 2013, members of the Keep Chicago Renting Coalition who advocated for adoption of the ordinance are now actively engaged in educating renters and other constituents about the ordinance’s new protections. It is expected that this ordinance will positively change the landscape of tenant protections—no longer will foreclosure alone be an excuse to vacate the properties of renters.

Keeping the Promise

LCBH is an endorser of the Keeping the Promise Campaign.

The Keeping the Promise Campaign is an effort headed by the Chicago Housing Initiative to drop homelessness in Chicago and dramatically increase access to affordable housing at no cost to Chicago’s City Government through reforming the Chicago Housing Authority.