Tenants take stand against evictions, homelessness Monday

Dozens of Rogers Park tenants will gather Monday morning to stand up to the developer who is trying to evict them. With their supporters, they will ask for a meeting with the building’s new owners in an attempt to stop the mass evictions and rent increases that are putting many low-income and disabled tenants at risk of homelessness.

Who: Tenants from the Astor House building at 1246 W. Pratt and supporters from Northside Action for Justice, Metropolitan Tenants Organization and Communities United Against Foreclosure and Eviction

What: Rally and press conference, 10:30 a.m. Monday Feb. 18 in front of 1246 W. Pratt

Why: Since 1246 Pratt LLC bought the building last fall, building management has filed at least 27 eviction cases and forced at least a third of the building’s residents to leave. The few tenants who are getting the option to renew their leases face rent increases of up to 57 percent. The building is plagued by inadequate security, a lack of smoke detectors, problems with essential utilities and frequent elevator outages that make it impossible for tenants with limited mobility to leave their apartments.

Press Contacts:

Daniel Pfeiffer, 312-576-3819

Marc Kaplan, Northside Action for Justice, 773-407-2001

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