LUCHA was founded in 1982 by residents of Humboldt Park, West Town and Logan Square to combat displacement and preserve affordable housing in the community.  Since its founding, LUCHA has helped more than 68,000 low-to-moderate income families rent decent and affordable housing, obtain Section 8 rental assistance, purchase good homes, improve dilapidated buildings, make emergency repairs, obtain adequate insurance coverage, make their home more accessible or more energy efficient, and beautify their neighborhoods.

LUCHA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. You can contact James Miletello at or 773-276-5338 x 231 for a copy of our IRS letter.


LUCHA (the Spanish word for “struggle”) advances housing as a human right by empowering communities- particularly the Latino and Spanish-speaking populations- through advocacy, education, affordable housing development and comprehensive housing services.


LUCHA aspires to build empowered, thriving communities and further access to equitable and fair housing.

Core Values

  • Housing is a human right.
  • Fair and affordable housing is worth fighting for.
  • Housing equity builds community wealth.
  • Diversity enriches and contributes to community.
  • All people deserve respect and dignity.
  • We are transformed in our service to others.


Phone: (773) 276-5338
Fax: (773) 276-5358
We are located at 3541 West North Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60647.

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