Public Interest Law Initiative


Latino United Community Housing Association (LUCHA) Law Project

Address:

3541 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL 60647

Contact: Juan Carlos Linares

Website: www.lucha.org

Program:

LUCHA strengthens communities and empowers Latinos and other neighborhood residents to plan, improve, own, preserve and develop safe and life enriching housing.

Since 1982, LUCHA has served thousands of moderate and low-income families with Affordable Housing Development, Emergency and Senior Home Repairs, Home Buyer Counseling, Foreclosure Prevention and Legal Services. LUCHA owns and operates 153 units of affordable housing in the West Town, Humboldt Park and Logan Square Communities, and counsels hundreds of families on Home Buying in the Chicagoland area. Through its Freddie Mac Borrower Help Center, LUCHA also counsels over 3,000 families annually on Foreclosure Prevention. LUCHA partners with residents, community organizers, banks and government agencies to maintain its $22 million in real estate assets and to advocate for greater affordable housing options in the region.

In 2014, the LUCHA Law Project was formed to assist low-income clients on pro bono closings, and to provide outreach, education and direct assistance in Fair Housing Discrimination. The LUCHA Law Project also provides legal technical assistance to clients, partners and other stakeholders on a variety of housing law matters, including direct legal services in Spanish.

PILI Fellows will work with community-based clients on various projects including, education, client intakes, research, and fair housing legal work with the assistance of LUCHA Law Project staff.

This agency is approved to host Graduate Fellows in 2017.

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