On an early morning in April, third-year students Arielle Einhorn and Courtney Redman previewed a new legal literacy training program for employees at Mercy Housing Lakefront, a nonprofit affordable housing development and management company in Chicago’s South Loop. The Legal Literacy Program provides Mercy’s more than 3,900 residents with an overview of housing-related laws.
A training video filmed and presented by law students offers in-depth descriptions of federal and local housing topics such as the Fair Housing Act, Resident Landlord Tenant Ordinance, security deposits, abandonment, habitability, and utilities and leases. For example, the "Understanding Your Credit" module presents information on the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and Fair Credit Reporting Act. Once residents complete the video, they assess their knowledge through an online quiz and reinforce this information in a group game of Jeopardy.