The Legal Aid Society (LAS) represents tenants in a variety of housing-related matters.
When a landlord evicts a tenant, the landlord must give the tenant notice and go through a court process. LAS attorneys represent clients who are facing eviction from buildings with subsidized rents and from privately-owned buildings.
The Housing Choice Voucher program is a federal rental assistance program administered in the City of Chicago by the Chicago Housing Authority. When clients encounter problems with their vouchers, LAS works to protect their rights and preserve their housing.
Many tenants in Chicago deal with sub-standard housing conditions. LAS represents tenants to enforce their right to safe and habitable housing.
Who do we serve?
- Tenants in subsidized buildings, private buildings, and with Housing Choice Vouchers
- Tenants living in sub-standard conditions
- Tenants in buildings going through foreclosure
- Eviction Defense
- Housing Choice Voucher preservation
- Conditions issues
- Security Deposit issues
“I WAS TRYING TO LEAVE, BUT THERE WAS NOWHERE TO GO.”
“By the time 311 referred Shawn to the Legal Aid Society, he was desperate. For months he lived in the living room of a friend’s apartment – then he discovered that the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) rejected him after years on the waiting list for subsidized housing. Liz Stubbins, Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society, found that the CHA used Shawn’s status as a domestic violence victim and his past criminal history to deny him housing.”
- $49,000+ secured in financial settlements and awards for housing
- $23,000+ granted in emergency financial assistance to help clients with utilities, rent, security deposits, and move-in fees
- In FY’18, LAS Housing Law Program attorneys worked on 133 eviction matters and 40 housing voucher termination matters
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