News Story (Illinois)
May 16, 2019
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Tags: Housing: Eviction
Organizations mentioned/involved: Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing
In African American neighborhoods like Williams’ South Chicago, landlords file for evictions at a substantially higher rate than in other parts of the city, according to a new report from the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing, a local housing advocacy organization that reviewed nearly 300,000 Cook County eviction court records for 2010 through 2017. In 2017, landlords in majority-African American neighborhoods filed for evictions four times more often than in white neighborhoods, the report found.
“This is not acceptable,” said Randall Leurquin of the Lawyers’ Committee, who analyzed the data for the report.
“We have a requirement to affirmatively further fair housing, and that’s just not about obtaining a house, it’s also about maintaining a house,” he said.