Thanks to dedicated LAF attorneys and great pro bono help from Sidley Austin LLP, displaced families from Cabrini-Green finally have a hope of returning home. That’s because a settlement was reached last week between the Cabrini Green Local Advisory Council and the Chicago Housing Authority.
This settlement concludes a 2013 federal lawsuit LAF filed on behalf of the Cabrini Green Local Advisory Council to ensure that the public housing residents would not be forced out of their north side neighborhood into high-poverty, segregated areas of Chicago. The agreement results in preserving public housing in the Frances Cabrini row houses and an increased number of low-income and affordable housing units in new mixed-income developments on the Cabrini-Green footprint. LAF Supervisory Attorney Elizabeth Rosenthal, lead attorney for the Cabrini-Green residents, states: “We are very pleased by this outcome, as it will return at least 1,800 units of public housing to Cabrini, allowing residents displaced by the demolition of the high rises and the closure of the Rowhouses to return to their neighborhood, and providing more affordable housing in an area with good access to public transportation, schools, and jobs.”
“This outcome is not only a significant victory for Cabrini’s residents, but also for fair housing broadly as it recognizes and reaffirms a commitment to providing public and affordable housing to Chicagoans in racially integrated areas of opportunity,” said Richard O’Malley, a partner with Sidley Austin LLP, who co-counseled the case.
The LAF team representing the Cabrini-Green LAC, led by Elizabeth Rosenthal, also included Director of Advocacy Richard Wheelock, Housing Practice Group Director Lawrence Wood, and Senior Attorney Lea Weems. The Sidley team was made up of dedicated volunteers Richard O’Malley, Steven Horowitz, Veena Gursahani, Rachel Goldberg, and LAF Young Professionals Board member William Bruce.
You can learn more about the settlement in the Chicago Tribune here, in the Sun-Times here, in this video from WTTW’s Chicago Tonight or in this piece from WGN Radio. Please join us in congratulating our team and our partners at Sidley for this historic victory.