Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt (CCLAHD)

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The CBF is a lead partner in the groundbreaking Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt (CCLAHD) program, an innovative public/private partnership between Cook County, the Circuit Court of Cook County, the City of Chicago, and many other government, legal, and community partners. Since the program’s launch in November, 2020, CCLAHD has directly assisted more than 25,000 people facing eviction, foreclosure, or consumer debt cases and has helped many thousands more connect to other resources like rental assistance.

Through a network of community partners, CCLAHD provides a central legal hotline and free legal assistance, case management, and mediation for residents and landlords dealing with eviction issues, individuals with consumer debt issues, and homeowners facing foreclosure and tax deed issues. Services are available in a number of languages including Spanish and Polish. CCLAHD also includes a court-based rental assistance program for landlords and tenants in eviction cases. CCLAHD partners include:

• CARPLS
• Center for Conflict Resolution
• Center for Disability & Elder Law
• Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
• Greater Chicago Legal Clinic
• Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing
• Legal Aid Chicago
• Legal Aid Society

In addition to the above partners, this project is supported by two dozen community outreach grantees. You can learn more about them here.

In 2022, the CBF will administer approximately $5 million in grants to support this program in partnership with Cook County.

More information about the initiative and how people can connect to legal help is available at https://www.cookcountylegalaid.org/.