Tenants in Foreclosure Intervention Project
The Tenants in Foreclosure Intervention Project (TFIP) has worked since 2008 to ensure that the laws protecting renters are upheld throughout the foreclosure process. Commonly thought of as a homeowner issue in popular thought and media coverage, TFIP has consistently found that 3000-5000 more rental units are impacted by foreclosure filings than single family homes each year. Renters facing foreclosure are often unaware of their rights or where to turn to for help. LCBH provides legal representation, advocacy, and educational workshops to 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 Chicago and is now reaching into the suburbs and other areas of Illinois. TFIP is the only legal aid project in the Chicago area that focuses solely on the issues facing renters living in foreclosed buildings.
- LCBH provided individualized foreclosure counselings for more than 500 renters in 2012, far surpassing LCBH’s goal of 330. Each counseling service provides information that is building specific and information about the foreclosure process as well as referrals to appropriate resources.
- LCBH maintains the Tenants in Foreclosure Help Desk at the Daley Center to educate renters of their rights, most importantly the right to ask for a continuance to find an attorney. In 2012, the help desk provided 225 renters with foreclosure counselings.
- LCBH conducts workshops for renters and community based advocates about renters’ rights and the foreclosure process. In 2012, TFIP conducted 62 seminars/workshops for renters, community based organizations, and advocates with 1204 attendees.