LCBH believes that all persons have a right to safe, decent, and affordable housing on a non-discriminatory basis. We promote the availability of and access to such housing and support low and moderate-income households in Chicago through legal representation, individual and public advocacy, supportive social services and education.
LCBH works with tenants in buildings where landlords allow the buildings to fall into disrepair or refuse to supply basic services. In conjunction with organizations with expertise in tenant organizing, such as the Metropolitan Tenants Organization (MTO) and other neighborhood groups, LCBH supplies the legal and housing rights expertise to advocate for tenants and to improve the buildings.
Our approach ranges from advocacy and intervention on behalf of the tenants to litigation, such as seeking a receivership in housing court so that rents can go to a third party and necessary improvements will be made. Our work with tenants includes educating them on their rights under the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance, condominium conversion laws, state laws, fair housing, foreclosure and other laws as applicable.
LCBH was founded in 1980 by a group of young attorneys in Rogers Park. The attorneys joined together to help families whose landlords were neglecting necessary repair and maintenance of the buildings. Many buildings were at risk of being lost as affordable housing stock. In the process, LCBH also began representing tenants in eviction court whose landlords retaliated against them due to their activism in standing up for tenants’ rights. In the Chicagoland area, there are approximately two lower income families for every affordable housing unit. Today, LCBH serves nearly 6,000 tenants from all over Chicago each year on issues relating to their housing.
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