The LUCHA Law Project
Embedded within LUCHA’s mission is the belief that everyone has a right to safe, decent, and affordable housing on a nondiscriminatory basis. But it sometimes takes involvement within the legal system in order fully-access one’s housing rights given the many ways in which those rights can be curtailed and even violated – a particularly difficult challenge for those whose primary language is Spanish. Moreover, there are very specific needs such clients must often address:
- Lack of access to affordable lending opportunities.
- Lack of understanding of rental housing rights.
- Lack of options to explore and address violations of housing rights.
These dynamics moved LUCHA’s leadership to create The LUCHA Law Project in January 2014 – an initiative which leverages LUCHA’s success as a bilingual housing agency as it promotes the availability of and access to housing for Chicago low- and moderate-income households through legal representation, individual and public advocacy, supportive social services, and education.
The LUCHA Law Project is characterized by the pursuit of three primary objectives: (1) Homebuyer Support (through the provision of real estate closings); (2) Tenant Advocacy (through the provision of mediation and representation in court); and (3) Community Education (through the provision of workshops and seminars. Each of these objectives will be pursued through a team of LUCHA staff, pro-bono lawyers, and third-year law students who are eligible to practice law under the supervision of licensed attorney.
LUCHA Law Project Manager
Ana Margarita Irizarry Gorrochategui is the LUCHA Law Project Manager. As part of LUCHA’s mission Ana Margarita represents clients that have different housing needs. Currently, she works with clients that need help with eviction court, and landlord/tenant negotiations, represents first time homebuyers in residential closings, and does outreach and education on Fair Housing issues. Ana Margarita is a passionate advocate for her clients; she believes housing is a human right.
Loyola University Chicago School of Law J.D., 2013
University of Illinois at Chicago, M.U.P.P., 2007
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, B.B.A 2005
Spanish and English
Resources Summarizing Housing Laws & Rights
LUCHA is honored to provide the many wonderful services available through its LUCHA Law Project. That said, the reality is that while there are many more clients who are in need of assistance, and is impossible for LUCHA (or any one organization, for that matter) to serve them alone.
To this end, LUCHA is sharing some of its Law Project materials which summarize housing rights under State, Federal, and Local laws. These materials (which are updated on the 1st of each month) can be freely downloaded for professional and personal use from the links below:
- Flyers summarizing housing rights: English | Spanish.
- A brochure summarizing housing rights: English | Spanish.
- A pamphlet summarizing tenant and landlord rights/responsibilities: English | Spanish.
LUCHA is dedicated to affirmatively furthering fair housing; our strategies toward this endeavor include presenting information about fair housing law to the greater public. Below are some links to our media appearances that focus on our commitment to ensuring fair housing rights for all.
- Univision, April 2016 – Conozca sus derechos en materia de igualdad de acceso a vivienda
- Univision, September 2016 – Evite caer en un fraude al comprar una vivienda
If you would be interested in featuring LUCHA’s legal expertise in any programs or materials, please see our contact information below.
Please direct any questions or comments about the LUCHA Law Project to Ana Margarita Irizarry – LUCHA’s Law Project Manager.
The LUCHA Law Project is made possible through the generous support of The Field Foundaton of Illinois and the U.S.Department of Housing & Urban Development – Fair Housing Initiative Program.