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Support the Just Housing Amendment
August 23, 2016 – 7:07 AM | No Comment
Support the Just Housing Amendment

One out of every three Americans has an arrest record. Nearly 50% of children have a parent with a criminal record. Housing policies that ban people with records disproportionately affects people of color and people …

Malcolm X, Gentrification and Housing as a Human Right
May 18, 2016 – 9:15 AM | No Comment
Malcolm X, Gentrification and Housing as a Human Right

Every day the Metropolitan Tenants Organization works with renters who are facing the negative effects of gentrification and other economic forces that threaten their housing. Thousands of low-income renters and homeowners are displaced every year …

Healthy Homes Mean Health Equity – A Message from the Executive Director
July 8, 2011 – 12:26 PM | No Comment
Healthy Homes Mean Health Equity – A Message from the Executive Director

I just returned from the National Healthy Homes Conference as well as the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative meeting in Denver.  The meetings reaffirm MTO’s commitment to involve ourselves and help shape the agenda of …

Condo Conversion: Action Update
April 26, 2011 – 8:04 AM | One Comment
Condo Conversion: Action Update

RENTERS’ RIGHTS IN CONDO CONVERSIONS – AN UPDATE
On Tuesday, April 19th, the Mayor’s Condo Conversion Task Force met to discuss proposed changes to their report in the latest episode in the now five-year long battle …

MTO is Hiring
March 11, 2011 – 8:32 AM | No Comment
MTO is Hiring

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The Poor Fight Back!
March 2, 2011 – 8:50 AM | One Comment
The Poor Fight Back!

Originally posted on www.commondreams.org
On Friday evening February 25th, 400 people, mostly low-income tenants, braved a chilly winter day to take to the streets in Chicago to stand up against the proposed Republican budget cuts. The …

Major Protest Friday Against Devastating Budget Cuts
February 21, 2011 – 10:16 AM | No Comment
Major Protest Friday Against Devastating Budget Cuts

Not on Our Backs: Stop the Slash-and-Burn Budget Cuts to HUD
Friday, February 25th
4pm – Teach In and Testimonies; 77 W. Washington – The Chicago Temple
4:45pm – March and Rally at the Thompson Center; 100 W. …

PHOTOS: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Chicago Rental Housing
January 14, 2011 – 8:05 PM | One Comment

Chicago’s current 311-reporting process does not work to protect renters against their slumlords. A mandatory rental housing inspection program with strong enforcement power is imperative for Chicago and the health of its communities. Below is a …

Is Housing a Human Right?
November 18, 2010 – 9:24 AM | 4 Comments
Is Housing a Human Right?

I recently attended a symposium “Bring Human Rights to Legal Services.”  The bulk of the discussions between Legal Aid attorneys and housing advocates were around how to bring a human rights framework to our work …

Condo Conversion Ordinance Hits Snag in City Council
October 4, 2010 – 11:01 AM | No Comment
Condo Conversion Ordinance Hits Snag in City Council

Condo Conversion Ordinance Passes Housing Committee on Way to Becoming Law

Update from the Chicago Tribune:
Mayor Richard Daley today angrily rebuked real estate groups that he said helped stop his plan to protect renters whose …