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Housing Health. Erie Family Health Center April 4 , 2012. Housing is a moral imperative in America. -- Roxane White, Chief of Staff Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. What causes a home to be unhealthy?. The Burden of Unhealthy Housing. What You Can Do to Help.

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Housing is a moral imperative in America.

--Roxane White, Chief of Staff

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper

what you can do to help
What You Can Do to Help
  • Screen Your Patients for Unhealthy Housing Conditions:
  • Ask Questions Regarding Housing
  • Explain to Patients the Link Between Housing and Health
  • Encourage Your Patients to Talk to Their Landlords
  • Inform Patient that they have Legal Remedies
  • Refer to Health Justice Project
housing resources
Housing Resources
  • If there are problems with your patient’s building, you can report the landlord to the city by calling 311.
  • A landlord cannot evict a tenant for requesting repairs.
  • If your patient is evicted because of this, contact legal assistance:     
  • Lawyer’s Committee For Better Housing: 100 West Monroe St, Chicago, IL – (312) 347-7600
  • Legal Assistance Foundation: (312) 314-1070
  • Illinois Legal Aid: (312) 977-9047
how to apply for benefit programs
How to apply for benefit programs
  • For first time applicants:
  • In person: DHS Family Comm. Resource Ctr. (2753 W North Ave)
  • By mail: 2753 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
  • By fax: 773.265.7829
  • Online: http://fspp.dhs.state.il.us/register/wb/wbHomePre.do
  • For denials, reductions, or termination of benefits:
  • Refer to Health Justice Project
review
Review
  • Remember to screen your patients for unhealthy housing conditions
  • There are legal remedies available for landlords who are not responsive to repair requests.
  • Refer your patients to the Health Justice Project
      • Contact Us:
  • (Toll Free) 1-800-424-4839
  • (Local) 312-915-6470
  • (Fax) 312-915-6588
  • E-mail: healthjustice@luc.edu
health justice project
Health Justice Project

“In the Health Justice Project, doctors, social workers, lawyers and students of each profession are partnering to address the social and environmental causes — like unhealthy housing conditions and improperly denied food stamps — at the root of poor health.”

  • Emily A. Benfer, clinical professor of law, director of the Health Justice Project, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Beazley Institute for Health Law & Policy
  • Chicago Tribune, October 5, 2011