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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Lawyers Committee for Better Housing

Advocating for the rights of all renters

three stars

87.69

33 North LaSalle Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60602
tel: (312) 347-7600   Web Site
EIN: 36-3134577

Board Leadership
Claire Battle
President

CEO
Mark Swartz
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.69 three stars
  Financial 86.52 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 11/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing will provide free legal and supportive services to improve housing stability for lower income renters while advocating for the rights of all renters until everyone in Chicago has a safe, decent, and affordable place to call home. Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing believes that safe, decent and affordable housing is a basic human right, and we aspire to be the preeminent legal resource on housing justice for renters in our community.

Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing will provide free legal and supportive services to improve housing stability for lower income renters while advocating for the rights of all renters until everyone in Chicago has a safe, decent, and affordable place to call home. Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing believes that safe, decent and affordable housing is a basic human right, and we aspire to be the preeminent legal resource on housing justice for renters in our community.

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Financial

three stars

86.52

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 11/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
80.2%
  Administrative Expenses 11.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.70
  Program Expenses Growth 0.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Lawyers Committee for Better Housing on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Lawyers Committee for Better Housing on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Lawyers Committee for Better Housing (IL) 87.69 three stars
RAICES (TX) 86.56 three stars
CARPLS (IL) 94.39 four stars
Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia (DC) 97.53 four stars
Volunteer Lawyers Network (MN) 87.74 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,226,184
   Federated Campaigns $29,500
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $56,890
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $380,312
Total Contributions $1,692,886
   Program Service Revenue $149,284
Total Primary Revenue $1,842,170
   Other Revenue $43,340
TOTAL REVENUE $1,885,510
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,129,702
   Administrative Expenses $153,217
   Fundraising Expenses $143,526
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,426,445
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $459,065
   
Net Assets $1,249,729

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Tenants Advocacy Program $880,792 78.0%
Affordable Housing Preservation $164,841 14.6%
Education, Outreach and Public Policy $84,069 7.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 11/01/2019 87.69 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 36-3134577
Name in IRS Master File LAWYERS COMMITTEE FOR BETTER HOUSING
NTEE Code I83
NTEE Classification Public Interest Law, Litigation
NTEE Type Crime, Legal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (399) Other housing activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date November, 1981
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$95,893 6.72% Mark Swartz Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Lawyers Committee for Better Housing (IL) 87.69 three stars
Alabama Law Foundation (AL) 91.19 four stars
Capital Area Immigrants Rights Coalition (DC) 95.40 four stars
The Florence Project (AZ) 89.38 three stars
Chicago Bar Foundation (IL) 88.43 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Lawyers Committee for Better Housing
33 North LaSalle
Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60602
tel: (312) 347-7600
fax: (312) 347-7604
EIN: 36-3134577

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Board Leadership

Claire Battle
President

CEO

Mark Swartz
Executive Director

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