Standing up for Maria

Last November, Maria’s landlord told her she and her infant son would be evicted over sixty-six dollars’ worth of unpaid rent, which he claimed had accrued over the previous three months. She offered to pay him back, but he refused to accept the money, saying that he was moving forward with eviction proceedings. It wasn’t…

Fighting for the Poor and Vulnerable: March 2018 eNewsletter

Our core mission at LAF?  We fight for the poor and vulnerable.  Today let me unpack a couple of those seven words. “We” does not just mean LAF staff, but also includes the volunteers of all kinds who work at our staff’s side.  Those volunteers include folks of all kinds and from all generations.  Lawyers,…

A fresh start for Linda

When Linda came to the Jose De Diego Legal Clinic in the fall of last year and spoke with the volunteers there from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, she was seeking assistance with obtaining a divorce from her abusive husband. Since the pension was the only piece of property at issue, it should have been a…

A story from LAF’s Larry Wood:

​Larry Wood, Director of LAF’s Housing Practice Group, shares the story of a chance encounter that ultimately kept an elderly man threatened with eviction in his home. Stories like this remind us why legal aid is so vital for Chicagoans living in poverty, and how a little bit of advocacy can go a long way….