About Us

LCBH relentlessly advocates for people at risk of homelessness.

Mission & History

Mission

The Law Center for Better Housing (LCBH) will provide free legal and supportive services to improve housing stability for lower income renters while advocating for the rights of all renters until everyone in Chicago has a safe, decent, and affordable place to call home.

Vision

LCBH believes that safe, decent and affordable housing is a basic human right, and we aspire to be the preeminent legal resource on housing justice for renters in our community.

Values

In order to best achieve our mission, LCBH embraces the following values:

  • Mission Focus: We are committed to and engaged in the LCBH mission and communicate that with understanding and belief in our work.
  • Excellence: We treat all persons we come into contact with compassion and respect. We consistently strive to produce excellent work so that we are known as the “go-to” agency regarding renter advocacy issues.
  • Diversity: We embrace diversity as a cultural value engaging a variety of perspectives in order to provide the best advocacy, client services, and work environment.
  • Financial Health: We strive to maintain financial stability by creating and adhering to a strategic financial plan, reducing expenses, increasing unrestricted funding, and building reserves.
  • Balance: We recognize the need for a healthy balance between the professional and personal in order to retain good-quality staff and maintain a supportive office culture.
Looking back at 40 years of LCBH.

Our Programs

LCBH tackles Chicago’s eviction crisis on many fronts.

Direct Services

LCBH provides a broad range of services designed to protect renters’ rights. Our Rentervention program uses volunteer attorneys and Renny the chatbot to empower renters to solve problems before an eviction is filed. LCBH’s attorneys participate in the Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt (CCLAHD) Early Resolution Program (ERP). Working in the ERP’s Zoom courtrooms, they provide brief advice to renters who have received an eviction summons. LCBH is also the agency leading Chicago’s Right to Counsel in Eviction Court Pilot Project. LCBH attorneys provide eviction defense for renters whenever a negotiated settlement in the ERP is not possible. Additionally, LCBH advocates for renters facing other serious issues, such as building foreclosure, illegal lockouts, retaliation, and conditions problems. LCBH also represents groups of renters in building-wide cases that save and improve affordable housing. Our supportive services staff help renters represented by LCBH apply for emergency rental assistance, determine eligibility for other public benefits, and find replacement housing.

Community Engagement

LCBH reaches thousands of renters, landlords, and housing advocates annually with critical information on housing justice. Through workshops, resource tables, and other convenings, we provide timely and focused messages regarding renters’ rights, eviction prevention, and how to access pertinent services and resources. We are also leading providers of training on Fair Housing law and practices. LCBH also collaborates with community organizations in service and outreach partnerships. Let us know if you would like someone from LCBH to talk to your group about renters’ rights.

Education and Advocacy

Using our Chicago Eviction Data Portal with a decade’s worth of eviction records, LCBH analyzes the scale and impact of evictions. In data-driven reports, we share what we learn regarding the inequitable impacts of eviction and the importance of legal representation. For more than 40 years, LCBH has leveraged our knowledge to advocate for concrete systemic change. Our founders helped to write and pass Chicago’s Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance (RLTO). More recently, we helped to protect and improve the Keep Chicago Renting Ordinance (KCRO) and helped to write and pass Cook County’s Residential Tenant Landlord Ordinance (CCRTLO). 

Board & Staff

Our staff and board members have made it their mission to improve housing stability for lower-income renters.
The Law Center for Better Housing (LCBH) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. LCBH’s Board of Directors generously volunteers their time to lead and guide the organization. Our professional staff is responsible for LCBH’s day-to-day operations, managing programmatic initiatives, and providing legal and supportive services. Our Young Professionals Board (YPB) organizes volunteer, community outreach, and fundraising activities.

Annual Reports & Financials

Learn more about our activities and reach.

Jobs and Internships

Law Center for Better Housing (LCBH) actively recruits professionals and students who are dedicated to public service and we appreciate you taking the time to consider us. We thank you for your interest in LCBH and wish you every success in your endeavors.

Jobs Openings

People and Culture Manager

LCBH is hiring a People and Culture Manager to serve as a critical member of our administrative team. This role will help plan, coordinate, and direct the needs for our 42 person staff to build an inclusive and progressive place to work. This role is dedicated to...

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Housing Attorney

LCBH is currently hiring attorneys to work with the Cook County Legal Aid
for Housing and Debt Early Resolution Program (ERP) and City of Chicago
Right to Counsel (RTC) Pilot Project. The ERP provides free legal advice and counseling to help tenants facing eviction to negotiate settlements and the RTC will provide extended representation in those cases where negotiation does not result in a settlement. These are full-time, exempt positions.

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Legal Internships

We have opportunities for law students throughout the year. For more information, please send inquiries to [email protected].

Chicago Evictions Data Portal

The Chicago Evictions Data Portal is a resource to help us investigate Chicago's chronic eviction problem.
Our grasp of local evictions data and national best practices make LCBH the go-to source for issue leadership. LCBH’s Chicago Evictions Data Portal reveals how evictions are impacting our city by community area, ward, and rates of representation between landlords and tenants. Since launching the Data Portal in 2019, LCBH has released multiple reports on Chicago’s eviction crisis. The reports include policy recommendations and examine the impact of COVID-19.