DON’T: Ignore a court summons!
DO: Go to court on your court date and file an owner’s answer!
DON’T: Throw away any papers from your mortgage lender!
DO: Keep and organize all your papers!
DON’T: Give up and start packing!
DO: Stay in your home!
Where am I in the foreclosure process?
If you just started court proceedings…
Get a lawyer. You can file motions to challenge your eviction and at least buy more time. If you can’t afford a lawyer, these groups may also be able to help:
- Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago (312) 341-1070 (Cook County/Chicago)
- Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (312) 347-8390 or (312) 347-7600 (Chicago)
- Cabrini Green Legal Aid (312) 738-2452 (Chicago)
- Cook County Foreclosure Mediation (877) 895-2444 (Cook County)
- Legal Aid Bureau (312) 986-4200 (Chicago)
- Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS) 312-378-9200 (Cook County/Chicago)
- Prairie State Legal Services (800) 531-7057 (Northern Illinois)
- Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation (877) 342-7891 (Southern Illinois)
If you want to file “pro se” (without a lawyer), this website can guide you through filing some common motions: www.illinoislegalaid.org.
If you’re about to be put out and want to fight it…
Find a chapter of Communities United or Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign closest to where you live and come to the next meeting. Or, email us about how you can organize and enforce the human right to housing in your own community!