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Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing
Fall/Winter Newsletter 2011
ShannaShanna's Story
How the lack of a stove or refridgerator led this tenant to the emergency room and then to eviction court


The truth is that the rental market for tenants right now is very harsh in Chicago. Rents are climbing and the availability of affordable housing is declining due to demand and foreclosure. At LCBH we know success comes in many forms. This story has some painful and extraordinary circumstances but the underlying story is quite typical today. Success or not... you decide....


Shanna is a 21 year old mom with a one year old son and a one month old daughter. In April of this year she moved into an apartment that didn't have a refrigerator or stove. As a result she had to use a hot plate. She was boiling water one day when her one year old pulled the pot off the hot plate and suffered 2nd degree burns. As any mom would do, she stayed by his bed 24/7 for the two months he was in the hospital for his burns. As a result, she lost her job.

During this past year, LCBH provided various levels of service to

4,730 client families, and impacted many, many more. This was accomplished with the help of over 70 volunteers who donated over $1,500,000.00 in legal and supportive services.

articleTHREEThe LCBH Annual Reception &

Awards Ceremony Recap

Kate Walz, Barbara Grau Tenant Advocate of the Year
Kate began her legal career with LCBH after graduation from DePaul College of Law. During her time, she spearheaded a project that led to the development of the Attorney of the Day Program, a core program today.
Kate Walz, The Barbara Grau Tenant Advocate of the Year 2011

Kate has been with the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law since 2001, advocating on behalf of low-income individuals living in or in need of public, subsidized, or affordable housing and continues to collaborate with LCBH.  



 (photo: Kate Walz with LCBH Board President Tony Hopp

and Executive Director Kathleen Clark) 

---"This honor is especially meaningful to me since I had the
pleasure of working with Barb Grau.
As I coordinated an eviction court reform project in Chicago for LCBH, Barb and I would speak on a weekly basis. She was the cheerleader for the project and for my efforts, always
encouraging me to take a fresh perspective on the
longstanding problems with Chicago's eviction court.
I hope at some point I can say that I offer that same level of support and encouragement to new attorneys in legal aid."
 -Kate Walz

LCBH thanks speakers:

Commissioner Andrew J. Mooney

& the 2011 Tenant speaker,

Cassandra Walker

for being a part of the LCBH Mission


Comm. Andrew Mooney 2011

Comm. Andrew J. Mooney

Chicago Department of Housing

& Economic Development

Cassandra Walker, Tenant Speaker 2011
Watch Cassandra Walker
tell her story, pictured with Supportive Services
director John-Paul Beals
Are you a tenant living in a foreclosed building? Has the landlord or bank filed an eviction action against you?


foreclosure deskLCBH is now staffing an information desk on the 14th floor of the Daley Center, M-Th 8:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., to assist tenants facing eviction or other problems as a result of living in a building in foreclosure.
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The Tenants in Foreclosure Information Desk provides services to increase awareness of tenants' rights during the foreclosure process under federal, state, and local laws, provide self-help alternatives, and provide legal representation when appropriate.
In the first month, LCBH provided 19 tenants with individualized foreclosure counseling services, passed out 169 tenants' rights information brochures, and referred 40 tenants to the 6th floor help desk for more general issues.
specialeventslcbh events 2

Thursday, November, 17th 2011 


   A Night at the Opera

with LCBH


1963 March on Washington

  Join the LCBH and its

Young Professionals Board

for a performance of select scenes from The March

a new civil rights era

opera project composed by

Jonathan Stinson

and featuring a libretto

by Alan Marshall.

6 - 9 PM at Th!nk Art Salon

More Details and Tickets



LCBH 1st Annual Indoor Golf Invitational


Thanks to everyone who came out to support the

LCBH First Annual Indoor Golf Invitational at Play18 Chicago.

Special nods to our sponsors,

the Young Professionals Board for planning a fun evening,

and to John & Nikol Sotos for hosting the event.

More photos


The LCBH 5th Annual Mini-Golf Staff Outing


What a great way to celebrate our staff and volunteers

than with putt-putt on a sunny Friday in July!

Tournament Winners: The Pin Seekers!

More photos



volunteerCalling all volunteers and interns!
The Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing is seeking a law student to assist with its Affordable Housing Preservation Project (AHPP). AHPP works to preserve and improve affordable housing for tenants in Chicago.
Candidate should be able to appear in court, conduct legal research and writing, and handle client contact. The law student must be willing to do on-site visits at tenants' buildings. An ideal candidate will have a 711 license, strong research and writing skills, good academic record, and a commitment to public service.


If interested please send resume and cover letter to

Transcript and writing sample are optional.



Interested in becoming an LCBH Volunteer?

  • Attorneys may volunteer one morning each month in eviction court or take on a full case.
  • We offer volunteer programs for law, social service, paralegal and communications students as well!
  • Office support volunteers are welcome too!

 For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact LCBH Pro Bono Coordinators: Patricia Fron ( or Charles Nicholls (



A gracious donor has come forward
to match your donation!
In this Newsletter 

Shanna's Story

Brad Pinne, Navigant

 Awards Ceremony Recap

 Employee of the Quarter 


 LCBH Events Calendar

Volunteer with LCBH

LCBH Welcomes
New Board Member
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Brad Pinne, Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Brad was moved by the stories of numerous families that struggle daily with unsafe living conditions and the threat of eviction. Brad is excited about the opportunity to serve on the LCBH Board and is using his skills to help Supportive Services integrate their case information into LCBH's Legal Server, which will streamline the submission of weekly and quarterly activity reports to the City of Chicago. Brad Pinne is a Directorin Navigant Consulting's Disputes & Investigations practice who specializes in complex data analysis to facilitate the resolution of disputes and other business challenges.


2011 LCBH Annual Reception & Awards Ceremony
2011 Sponsors
Annual Event 2011 Sponsorship

trishEmployee of the

Summer Quarter:
Patricia Fron, MSW

Patricia Fron MSW
center, pictured with
Board president, Tony Hopp and
LCBH Legal Director, Mark Swartz

Patricia is the LCBH Building Programs Administrator and is responsible for the activities and client programming of the Tenants in Foreclosure Intervention Project. Trish works tirelessly to help tenants who are facing imminent danger of eviction and other problems associated with foreclosure. She collects and disseminates information weekly so that community groups know about new filed foreclosures in their neighborhood.

This last summer Trish also took on extra responsibilities in the pro bono program while Keri Lindsay was on maternity leave. She was honored as employee of the summer quarter for her compassion and her dedication to the LCBH mission. Her interest in policy reform and social justice led her to seek experience in the legal field. Patricia earned her Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago in 2008 with a specialization in Leadership and Development in Social Services and has been with LCBH since January, 2010.



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AmericorpsWelcome Americorps*VISTAS!

LCBH was selected as a recipient for two Americorps VISTA members from Housing Action Illinois.  We would  like to welcome Lauryn Burkhalter and Geneva Morris to its team for the next year. 


Lauryn Burkhalter

Lauryn Burkhalter
Development VISTA

Geneva Morris


Geneva Morris

Tenant Advocacy VISTA

is committed to ending poverty one individual, one family, one community at a time. VISTA (Volunteers in Service to Amercia), was authorized in 1964 as a federal anti-poverty program administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service


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