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Presenting New Forum Publication: Housing Rights for Immigrant Tenants

By Judith Palma, Social Media Coordinator, Latino Policy Forum

Today, the Latino Policy Forum is proud to present Housing Rights for Immigrant Tenants, a comprehensive guide to tenant protections, accessible housing resources, and landlord responsibilities and obligations.

The Latino Policy Forum believes all people have the right to a safe and stable home to build better futures for themselves and their families. We created this handbook as a one-stop resource for tenants and housing advocates. The guide includes references to Illinois State Law General Housing Rights, city and county ordinances that apply to landlords and tenants regardless of immigration status, information on lockouts and evictions, and advice on what to do in illegal eviction scenarios. It also offers descriptions of legal processes and other means for immigrant tenants to defend their rights and report unequal treatment.

The guide, over a year in the making, is essential for tenants and housing advocates in Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, and other local municipalities. Its lead authors are Sarah Cartagena and Louisa Silverman.

Housing Rights for Immigrant Tenants is available in Spanish and English. To request a print copy, email José Marco-Paredes, Director of Civic Engagement, at jmarco-paredes@latinopolicyforum.org.

Download Housing Rights For Immigrant Tenants HERE.

Housing Rights for Immigrant Tenants is funded by Illinois Access to Justice and written and edited by the Latino Policy Forum.

Shriver Center on Poverty Law, MALDEF, Legal Aid Chicago, Autonomous Tenants Union, Family Focus Cicero, and Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights provided valuable information for the handbook.

Para leer esta página en español, haga clic aquí.