MTO Celebrates Past Success and Inspires for the Future
Friends, activists and dignitaries packed the upstairs lounge at Revolution Brewing for Metropolitan Tenants Organization’s annual Renters’ Spring Celebration.
This year’s celebration commemorated the 45th anniversary of the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act. Honorees for the evening included Cook County Commissioners Larry Suffredin, Robert Steele and Jesus Garcia as Fair Housing Champions. MTO recognized the Commissioners for their support of fair housing standards in the suburbs and for their work on the Source of Income legislation to end discrimination in Suburban Cook County. Beto Berrera of Access Living and Kate Walz of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law received Tenant Champion Awards for their work with tenants facing discrimination and their advocacy to expand fair housing laws. The Ralph Scott Award, named in memory of longtime Chicago community activist and environmental health advocate Ralph Scott, was awarded to Rose Green of New Directions for Change in recognition of her leadership among renters throughout the city to fight for housing justice.
“It was a pleasure to honor Rose Green, Kate Walz, and Beto Barrera – three exemplary advocates for tenants in Chicago. It was also great to see so many old friends. I’m glad I came and will look forward to coming again next year!” Brian White, Charter One Bank.
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Renters’ Spring Celebration 2013!
On April 23rd, 2013 Metropolitan Tenants Organization will host our annual Renters’ Spring Celebration at Revolution Brewing 2323 N. Milwaukee 6-8 pm. Good food, good music, good times and good networking. Last year’s event attracted …
Renters Protest Oak Park’s Largest Landlord
On Thursday, December 13, 2012, more than 40 tenants and advocates from across Cook County picketed Oak Park Apartments’ headquarters on Chicago Avenue to protest the company’s refusal to accept Housing Choice Vouchers. While it …
Source of Income Protection for Section 8 Voucher Holders
The Cook County Human Rights Ordinance protects individuals from discrimination based on their income (such as child support, social security) however, it specifically does not include protections for people with Section 8 housing vouchers.
With the …
Alternative Electricity Provider Info
ARES Electricity Deregulation
MULTIFAMILY RENTAL FACT SHEET
If tenants receive their own electricity bills, they can make their own decisions about switching to an alternate provider. NOTE: Tenants should ask new providers if they accept LIHEAP.* …
Condo Conversion Ordinance
Empowered Seniors at 353 E. 53rd Street
In January of 2011, tenants from a senior building at 353 E. 53rd Street called MTO complaining of repair problems in their building. The hotline counselor suggested building organizing to help address the building problems …
No RLTO – Terminate Tenancy
This letter applies to residents within the city of Chicago only who are covered under the Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance (RLTO). Please see the Exceptions to the RLTO to ensure the law applies to you.
Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance
This Ordinance applies to residences within the city of Chicago only. Please see the Exceptions to the RLTO to ensure the law applies to you.
For tenants in suburban Chicagoland, please click here for the law …
Radon – FAQ
What is radon?
Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, dense, tasteless noble gas, occurring naturally in soil.
How does radon get into homes?
Radon gas forms naturally in the soil in the Midwest. When the gas is produced, …