No Sanctuary: A Slumlord Is A Slumlord!
October 17, 2014 – 12:51 PM | No Comment

No heat, huge rats, broken locks, lead poisoning, windows falling out, unlawful board-ups and move-outs: these are the immoral and dehumanizing conditions that families are experiencing at a Chicago building owned and operated by the St. …

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The next Tenants Congress is September 18th! The next Tenants Congress is September 18th!

The Tenants Congress is a citywide coalition of tenants who meet every other month to strategize on effective campaigns to address the various issues that affect housing in Chicago. We’re hopeful that more renters will join …

Nonprofit Challenges New Ordinance Excluding Voucher Holders From Protection Against Discrimination Nonprofit Challenges New Ordinance Excluding Voucher Holders From Protection Against Discrimination

The following open letter to Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle was submitted by Open Communities, regarding Glenview’s recent landlord ordinance allowing landlords to deny rent to Section 8 applicants.
Dear President Preckwinkle,
On behalf of Open Communities and eleven other fair housing …

Illinois’s 33%: The Illinois Poverty Report Illinois’s 33%: The Illinois Poverty Report

Over 48.5 million people in the United States are living in poverty, 1.9 million of them in Illinois. The scale and conditions of poverty make it one of the most pressing social issues facing our state and …

Study Finds No Relationship Between Housing Choice Vouchers and Increased Crime Rates Study Finds No Relationship Between Housing Choice Vouchers and Increased Crime Rates

A recent study, conducted by Professor Michael C. Lens at UCLA’s Department of Urban Planning and published in Urban Studies, finds that there is no correlation between the number of voucher holders residing in an area and …

UPDATE: Keep Chicago Renting Ordinance Passed By City Council UPDATE: Keep Chicago Renting Ordinance Passed By City Council

In the wake of the foreclosure crisis, community groups from the Keep Chicago Renting coalition, comprised of 13 labor, community and policy groups successfully worked for passage of the Keep Chicago Renting Ordinance (KCRO).  At …

Chicago Council passes Bed Bug Ordinance Chicago Council passes Bed Bug Ordinance

The City of Chicago has recently been named the nation’s #1 city infested with bed bugs.  Everyday MTO’s tenants’ rights hotline receives calls from renters throughout the City and suburbs dealing with the pesky pests. …

MTO Launches 2013 Bowl-a-MANIA! MTO Launches 2013 Bowl-a-MANIA!

Participate in Bowl-a-MANIA 2013!
On August 24, 2013, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
at the Diversey River Bowl located at
2211 W. Diversey;
MTO Board, staff members and friends will participate in the 26th Annual Bowl-a-thon fundraiser.
COME …

“The Link Between Lead Poisoning and Underperforming Students” Chicago Reader feature story “The Link Between Lead Poisoning and Underperforming Students” Chicago Reader feature story

With mounting evidence that lead poisoning results in lower test scores, more children repeating grades, and worse, why has so little been done in Chicago to reverse the damage?
By: Megan Cottrell – Chicago Reader – …