CBF and Cook County Award Grants to Fund Community Outreach Efforts for CCLAHD Program

Earlier this month, the CBF and Cook County announced the recipients of outreach grants to 24 community-based organizations across Cook County totaling $180,000. The grants will fund community outreach efforts for the Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt (CCLAHD) program. CCLAHD is a countywide initiative aimed at helping residents resolve eviction, foreclosure, debt, and tax deed issues through free legal aid, mediation services, case management, and connections to other key resources like rental assistance.

These community outreach grants range from $4,000 to $12,000, and will be used to fund on-the-ground outreach and community education to communities most impacted by evictions, foreclosures, and debt. These organizations play a crucial role in the overall success of the CCLAHD program as trusted hubs in their communities, and they will be able to reach County residents who may not otherwise have knowledge of or access to programs like CCLAHD. These organizations will also serve as a “theory to practice” bridge, providing invaluable knowledge and feedback regarding the efficacy of CCLAHD to help continue to improve the program’s efficiency and effectiveness.

Recipients include:

Arab American Family Services
Brave Space Alliance
Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance
Chicago Community and Workers Rights
Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (FLAP)
Far South Community Development Corporation
Garfield Park Community Council
North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic
Oak Park Regional Housing Center
PASO – West Suburban Action Project
Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP)
Spanish Coalition for Housing
Telpochcalli Community Education Project (TCEP)
Warehouse Workers for Justice
YWCA of Metro Chicago
Access to Care (Suburban Primary Health Care Council / DBA: Access to Care)
BEDS Plus Care
Beyond Hunger
C24/7 Father’s Arms Ministries
Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO)
Latino Policy Forum
Neighborhood Housing Services- Chicago
Pui Tak Center
Restoration Ministries

With substantial financial and in-kind contributions from Cook County, the Circuit Court, the CBF, and other program partners, CCLAHD has already helped more than 15,000 Cook County residents in need since its full launch last year. To learn more about CCLAHD programs, please visit www.cookcountylegalaid.org or call 855-956-5763.