“A wave is on the horizon here in Cook County and across the country,” Preckwinkle said, and “the heaviest burden will fall on the most vulnerable among us, Black and Brown residents. This is unacceptable.”
Along with representatives of the Cook County Board, Chicago City Hall and the Circuit Court of Cook County, Preckwinkle unveiled an initiative called Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt, or CLAAHD, a county-wide effort to help people deal with eviction, foreclosure, tax debt and property deed issues.
Its initial funding is $1 million from the county’s share of CARES Act funding, but Preckwinkle said she expects the programs to last well beyond the use of that money and called on Congress to provide more aid.
The aim is to prevent widespread displacement from housing due to “a crisis that none of us expected,” said Alma Anya, commissioner of Cook County’s Seventh District, on