With 50 years of experience providing high quality, free legal services to low-income Chicagoans, CVLS and its volunteers are often recognized for their outstanding work.

Cherrish and CVLS

With her low and sporadic income, Cherrish relied on her housing subsidy to provide a safe home for herself and her three children. That security was threatened when, in 2012, the Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) notified her it was terminating her voucher because she failed to report income. Cherrish had always reported her income adjustments, but the HACC never followed up on them.

Case Notes: Omar & Alfonso

59-year-old Alfonso has an intellectual disability and functions at the level of about a 5-year-old. For the first 57 years of his life, Alfonso’s mother was an attentive and careful caregiver. When she passed away two years ago, he remained in the home he shared with her for his entire life. Alfonso’s four adult siblings took turns staying at the house with him, making sure that he was safe and that his basic needs were met. However, the siblings were unable to financially maintain their mother’s home and the bank foreclosed on the property.

Case notes: Marla, Riccardo and Peter:

Last January, Marla’s tenant called her and said water was gushing out of a wall and running all over the apartment. Marla rushed to the apartment and learned that the pipes had frozen. She got to work fixing the plumbing and repairing the property, while the tenant moved into a motel. While the tenant was away, the apartment was broken into and vandalized. Marla decided to secure the apartment, but was sued by the tenant for an illegal lockout

CVLS opposes cutting vital funding for civil legal aid

The new administration recently proposed eliminating funding for the Legal Services Corporation in its 2018 budget. CVLS strongly opposes this as it would decimate our sister organizations across Illinois, Legal Assistance Foundation, Prairie State Legal Services and Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, and hurt the tens of thousands of low-income clients they serve.