LCBH Receives a Significant Grant to Support Renters Affected by Foreclosure

LCBH President Tony Hopp, IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan and LCBH Executive Director Cheryl Lawrence

In response to a growing need for legal aid to renters in foreclosure throughout Illinois, AG Madigan announced a significant grant, as part of the Illinois foreclosure settlement for LCBH to sustain and expand the foreclosure work that started in 2008 and continues to affect thousands of renters each year. This grant will increase staff by 3 attorneys, and 3 support staff to greatly expand the services and state-wide impact of LCBH’s Tenants in Foreclosure Project.

At the LCBH Annual Reception and Awards Ceremony, held on Sept. 27th at Jenner & Block, AG Madigan’s keynote speech gave a visceral narrative of the realities that Illinois renters face in a foreclosure crisis.

“When a building enters into foreclosure, its tenants are often thrown into a kind of legal limbo where their rights are either ignored or they are even overtly violated. Consequently, in recent years huge numbers of low income tenants have had their utilities shut off, they’ve received improper eviction notices if receiving them at all, or they have come home and they’ve simply been locked out of their homes. And when this happens, many of those people are able to turn to LCBH for help. LCBH not only helps them understand and enforce their full rights under the law, you also help displaced tenants find new housing and you work with buildings and new owners to preserve affordable units”.

If you missed the speech, read the full press release from the AG’s office. Also, view photos from the 2012 Annual Reception and Awards Ceremony.

LCBH would like to thank Theresa Carrillo, an LCBH client, who gave a very moving account of her time as a renter living in foreclosure as she spoke at the LCBH Annual Reception. The audience was riveted by her re-telling of the harsh reality many renters live today. Thank you, Theresa for sharing your story.

LCBH would also like to thank Alan Marshal for being the most extraordinary friend to LCBH and for bringing The March to life!

And finally, we at LCBH extend our sincere appreciation to our generous sponsors:

Champion of Affordable Housing
Sidley Austin LLP
Jenner & Block LLP

Housing Justice Leader
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
Kirkland & Ellis, LLP

Guardian of Tenant Rights
Exelon Corporation
Hoeppner, Wagner & Evans LLP

Foreclosure Intervention Advocate
Richard Astle
Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.
Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione
Greg Furda
Vincent Gnoffo
Anthony Hopp
Sharon King Foundation
Mayer Brown

Friends of Better Housing
Claire & Scott Battle
Edward Polich
Brian Thomas

Special Thanks
Thank you to Jenner & Block for hosting the this very special event. Thank you to Lucia M. Kelley of Jenner & Block for planning the event. A special thanks to the talented Bernie Kleina for donating two of his beautifully framed photos as gifts for our speakers. Thank you to Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione for printing the program.