Chicago Racial Justice Fund Grant

Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) is committed to addressing systemic racism and its toll on communities of color. Recently, LCBH supported the Chicago Housing Justice League (CHJL) to submit a grant to the Chicago Racial Justice Pooled Fund. The Fund is a collaboration between thirteen Chicago area foundations that pledged to raise and move $3M to community organizations building and sustaining movements for justice. In January, the CHJL was awarded a $40,000 grant to hire a program coordinator and create a sound leadership structure to sustain its programmatic work.

The Chicago Housing Justice League consists of 37 community organizations dedicated to promoting just housing policies and programs in the City of Chicago. Since its inception in 2018, the League’s work has primarily been supported by LCBH providing in-kind contributions to its development and maintenance. The CHJL recently hired Annie Howard as its first ever program coordinator. With Annie on board, the CJHL and its members will advance its mission even farther. Annie will oversee the administrative and programmatic activities of CHJL, which will build the League’s capacity, create a sound leadership structure, and sustain its programmatic work.

LCBH now serves as the CHJL’s fiscal sponsor. LCBH is excited to be part of the CHJL’s founding and growth. LCBH remains committed to the CJHL’s vision for prioritizing and implementing policy changes that serve in the interests of all members of our community, especially our Black and Latinx members, to feel safe and have access to appropriate housing resources to support their security and well-being. We have an opportunity – and responsibility – to take a stand on issues that are driving systemic structures on the local, state and federal level.

League member Diane Limas from Communities United, "All of us at the League are thrilled to receive this funding from the Chicago Racial Justice Pooled Fund. The grant will allow us to expand our work of prompting and monitoring the City's use of a racial equity lens in housing programs; challenging assumptions regarding the path to healthy, stable neighborhoods; and changing the public narrative to recognize the effects of 'housing is a human right."