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TAKE ACTION: Show your support for two important housing initiatives!

last updated on March 22, 2017 – 11:19 AMno comments
MTO and its allies are working on two important rental housing initiatives: Just Cause for Eviction and the Chicago Healthy Homes Inspection Program (CHHIP)These are two pieces of a broader housing justice platform of affordability, accessibility, habitability and stability. As rents continue to raise it’s important that we fight for affordable housing. Help us show Chicago decision-makers the community’s support. Discuss the proposal with your organization & click the links below!

Support Proactive Rental Inspections

 We all know that housing is a basic human need and, indeed, we believe it should be considered a basic human right. But what does this right mean if families are insecure in the place they call home? Unsafe and unsanitary conditions – lead, mold, roaches, and inadequate heat – continue to be the #1 problem for tenants. If adopted, the Chicago Healthy Homes Inspection Program (CHHIP) would be a proactive rental inspection program that would, over time, improve the quality of housing stock, promote development without displacement, and include a special focus on dealing with lead contamination of young children. 



Support “Just Cause” for Evictions

Illinois law continues to allow landlords to evict families without fault on the part of the renter. This typically occurs by giving renters a 30-day notice terminating their tenancy, and then suing them for eviction. Eviction filings harm renter’s credit reports, making it difficult to secure new housing. Many of the 30,000 evictions each year in Chicago are filed by banks who foreclose on landlords, or by profiteers engaging in mass evictions. Under Just Cause, landlords would need a legitimate reason to evict such as non-payment of rent, destruction of property, or removing the unit from the rental market. Just Cause Evictions allow renters to stay in their homes longer and invest in their community. Just Cause protects working families & vulnerable renters such as seniors, the disabled, and families with school-aged children. It’s time to promote neighborhood & family stability!



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