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Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) is the leading  Illinois provider of legal services and advocacy for low-income individuals and families who are embroiled in  the criminal justice system. As a member of Investing In Communities®, CGLA can receive funding as a result of any brokered real estate transaction – home sales, home purchases, or commercial leases. Already, $2,736 has been raised. As more supporters use this platform, at no cost to them, before engaging a real estate agent, CGLA  will be able to provide pro bono legal advocacy to more financially struggling individuals and families.  

Since 1973, Cabrini Green Legal Aid has worked to level the legal playing field for  low income individuals and families. Each September, CGLA holds the I Am Somebody Annual Benefit auction to raise support.

Legal Services

Cabrini Green Legal Aid provides a wide variety of legal services  for the diverse  needs of individuals who are dealing with the criminal justice system, including:

  • Criminal Records Research;
  • Legal Consultation;
  • Petition Filing;
  • Civil Legal Services; and 
  • Criminal Defense Programs.

Supportive Services

Legal problems often affect other parts of a person’s life. To further assist those it serves,  CGLA also connects them with organizations that provide a range of services to address those other needs… 

Policy and Advocacy

In addition to its direct services, Cabrini Green Legal Aid advocates in the  policy arena to bring about systemic changes to the criminal justice system. This work includes: 

  • Leading and collaborating with reformative coalitions;
  • Drafting Legislation;
  • Providing testimony at hearings; and
  • Conducting surveys.

Visible Voices Leadership Council

The Visible Voices Leadership Council is comprised of formerly incarcerated women who provide monthly assistance to those going through what they themselves overcame with the help of Cabrini Green Legal Aid’s services. They share information, support skills training,  and act as ambassadors to the community. . 

I Am Somebody Annual Benefit

The I Am Somebody Annual Benefit is another way in which CGLA raises funding for its mission. It  is a great way for the community to gather and support this leading Chicago legal aid provider.

Your Purchase, Sale, or Lease Gives Justice a Voice

At no cost to themselves, anyone who cares about justice can turn virtually any brokered real estate transaction into funding for CGLA. For example, the purchase or sale of a $300,000 home can result in about $1,300 of free funding. Support the mission of Cabrini Green Legal Aid by using IIC’s free platform to make arrangements with an agent you already have in mind. Or use IIC to find and choose among real estate agents that are appropriate for the specifics of your residential or commercial real estate needs.Ready to start?

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Focus Area: Social Justice

Budget: $250k - $500k

Total IIC Funding:

Want to help this charity with your next real estate transaction?

We respect your privacy and want to make sure you are totally at ease. By submitting, you are sharing your information with us only and we will not share it with or sell it to anyone else. We will contact you by email to get more information about your real estate needs. Then we will provide you with several agents suited to your needs and you may contact them -or not- as you choose. There’s no sales pitch or pressure. It's entirely your choice.


As a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization, Cabrini Green Legal Aid is eligible to receive at least 70% of the referral fee when you use Investing In Communities (IIC) to sign up with ANY real estate broker to handle your residential or commercial property transaction. Referral fees are a common expense paid by brokers only to other brokers for much desired referrals. As a licensed broker with a charitable mission, IIC is able to accept referral fees and pass most of those funds to your charity of choice - at no cost to you.
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