Since 2009, the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) has chronicled the foreclosure crisis in Chicago and alerted tenant advocates and legislators to illegal evictions, rampant vacant property accumulation, and the overall loss of affordable housing due to foreclosure through the agency’s annual reports.
Since 2008, the Tenants in Foreclosure Intervention Project (TFIP) has worked to ensure that the laws protecting renters are upheld throughout the foreclosure process. LCBH provides legal representation, advocacy, and educational workshops for 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 the neighborhoods of Chicago, in the suburbs and other impacted areas of Illinois. LCBH is the only legal aid agency in the Chicago area that focuses solely on the issues facing renters living in foreclosed buildings.
Your support makes it possible for TFIP to offer:
- Individualized foreclosure counseling for renters, offering information that is building specific, as well as general information about the foreclosure process and referrals to appropriate resources.
- A toll-free helpline for Chicago (312-784-3507) and Cook County (855-207-8347) to serve renters experiencing housing issues due to foreclosure.
- Workshops about renters’ rights and the foreclosure process offered to renters, advocates, and community based organizations.
- Annual Foreclosure Reports: From 2009-2013, LCBH chronicled the foreclosure crisis in Chicago and alerted tenant advocates and legislators to illegal evictions, rampant vacant property accumulation, and the overall loss of affordable housing due to foreclosure through reports released annually.