Tonight’s Sponsors PLATINUM SPONSOR

Parkway Gardens Apartments and Related Management Company, L.P.

Celebrating 25 years of Chicago’s Landlord and Tenants Ordinance

SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Indiana

Senator Heather Steans 7th State Senatorial District

Logan Square Neighborhood Association

The mission of the Metropolitan Tenants Organization is to educate, organize and empower tenants to have a voice in the decisions that affect the availability and affordability of safe, decent and accessible housing.

Congratulations on 25 years of making a difference!
Parkway Gardens and Related are proud to support MTO and their important mission
Our Commitment to Communities Extends Well Beyond Our Buildings.
Since 1972 we have been fortunate to make substantial contributions to the landscape of the United States. Whether we’re engaged in development, property management, affordable housing preservation, fund management or advisory services, we approach each endeavor with a commitment to excellence that has become our hallmark. We also take enormous pride in improving the vitality and quality of life in our nation’s communities.

Willie Mae AndersonNick Bailey Charles Baker Annie Bauman Barbara Bell Malinda Bell Alice Bowman Alonzo Carter Alvin Carter Dorothy Carter Kevin Chin Alice Clark Marti Dapin Ashley Dearborn Delores Dupree Nancy Ewing Betty Fleming Charlie George Moses Gipson Tanjanika Glaze Jack Kurjian Arlene Langford Allen Lees Grace Matthews Robin McPherson Rosine Mensah Fred Mitchell Glenda Monet Erika Moore Charlene Murray June New Cait Rappel Bette Roberts Harvey Ross Euros Roundtree Frank Rzepka Stella Seay Ashley Shine Randy Smith Adele Thomas Cynthia Goldsmith-Hasty Jackie Graves Willie Green Latoya Halmon Barbara Henderson Patricia Hightower Shirley Holt Rev. Anita Jefferies Mary Johnson Ada Jones Gina Tsapralis Shonika Valentine Allen Virges Alberta Walker Genell Watt Rosetta Watson Ameer Weeks Lyn Wilder Ora Williams Malik Wornum

MTO is very grateful to our Funders. Foundations
The Albert Pick, Jr. Fund Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois The Chicago Community Trust Chicago Tribune Charities – Holiday Campaign Enterprise Foundation Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance Marguerite Casey Foundation National Center for Healthy Housing Northern Trust Charitable Trust Parents for a Non-toxic Environment Polk Bros. Foundation Sinai Urban Health Institute Woods Fund of Chicago

City of Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development Cook County Department of Planning and Development City of Chicago Chicago Department of Family and Support Services

In 2011, almost 10,000 tenants called the MTO Hotline to find out about their rights under the Chicago Landlord and Tenants Ordinance. The ordinance passed in 1986,has helped thousands of renters improve their living conditions.

The Metropolitan Tenants Organization (MTO) is a grassroots organization. MTO’s beginnings are rooted in a 1981 Community Congress convened to find solutions to the affordable housing crisis of that time. The Congress recognized that Chicago needed a citywide organization to represent tenants. It led to a 5year campaign to pass Chicago’s landmark Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (RLTO) and the founding of MTO. Passage of the RLTO is a watershed event in MTO’s history. Our primary goals are to better tenants’ living conditions and preserve housing, stabilize tenancies and prevent homelessness, improve communication between landlords and tenants and organize tenants, so that they can be assured of safe, decent and affordable housing and stable communities. MTO programs include: the Tenants Rights Hotline, the Affordable Housing Preservation Program, and the Healthy Homes Program. Some of MTO’s significant accomplishments: 1981 Marks the founding convention of the organization that evolved into today’s Metropolitan Tenants Organization. 1985 MTO incorporates as an Illinois non-profit organization 1986 On September 8th, the Chicago City Council passes the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenants Ordinance, popularly called the Tenants Bill of Rights. 1989 Illinois Affordable Housing Trust Fund passed. 1994 MTO starts Citywide Hotline. 1999 MTO initiates Chicago Rents Rights, a consortium of tenant and landlord groups and City of Chicago Departments focused on education. 2003 Hotline answers 100,000th call. 2008 First Community Congress of Tenants since the original Congress in 1981 is held. Over 200 renters, advocates and politicians attend. 2009 MTO releases the State of the Renter report based upon 15 years of Hotline data at the Federal Reserve Bank. Over 200 advocates, policy makers and officials attend. 2011 Condo-conversion Ordinance passes City Council after three year battle.

Kristie Williams – President Julia Haynes – Vice President Ann Barnds – Secretary Herb Ziegeldorf – Treasurer Herman Bonner Elizabeth Rosenthal Maria T. Ayala Cecilia Diaz ChaNell Marshall Brendan Saunders Nelson Soza Elizabeth Todd-Breland

John Bartlett – Executive Director Megan Borneman – Healthy Homes Organizer Kathy Cheney-Egan – Development/Communications Director Robert Clack – Organizer Shirley Johnson – Director of Organizing Ken Lewin – UIC Organizing Intern Regina Rizzo – Volunteer/Hotline Supervisor Alejandro Rosales – Public Allies Hotline Intern Sara Mathers – Organizer Farid Muhammad – Organizer Clarissa St. Germaine – Office Manager Angelica Ugarte – Healthy Homes Organizer David Wilson – Organizer/Hotline Counselor

Welcome John Bartlett Executive Director Cook County Clerk, David Orr Cook County Commissioner, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia Tim Carpenter State Director, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Kristie Williams Board President, MTO

Tenant Champion Award Presentations

Ralph Scott Award Presentation

Closing Remarks