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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

85.69

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

Board Leadership
Geoffrey Cockrell
President

CEO
Mark Swartz
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.69 three stars
  Financial 83.02 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

three stars

83.02

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
78.8%
  Administrative Expenses 11.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.48
  Program Expenses Growth 2.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.8%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Lawyers Committee for Better Housing (IL) 85.69 three stars
Legal Services for Children (CA) 88.79 three stars
Greater Boston Legal Services (MA) 91.49 four stars
Center for Children & Youth Justice (WA) 86.17 three stars
Justice in Aging (DC) 96.46 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $754,651
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $9,597
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $370,818
Total Contributions $1,135,066
   Program Service Revenue $87,052
Total Primary Revenue $1,222,118
   Other Revenue $29,561
TOTAL REVENUE $1,251,679
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,151,792
   Administrative Expenses $165,463
   Fundraising Expenses $177,617
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,494,872
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-243,193
   
Net Assets $1,043,813

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 $858,592 74.5%
Affordable Housing Preservation $177,504 15.4%
Education, Outreach and Public Policy $115,696 10.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 05/01/2021 85.69 three stars
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
$98,323 6.57% Mark Swartz Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Lawyers Committee for Better Housing (IL) 85.69 three stars
Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (PA) 90.83 four stars
Public Justice Foundation (DC) 86.59 three stars
Equal Justice Initiative (AL) 100.00 four stars
Public Counsel (CA) 89.94 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

Geoffrey Cockrell
President

CEO

Mark Swartz
Executive Director

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