ROCKFORD Ill. (WIFR) -- Rockford has the highest eviction rate in Illinois. Housing Action Illinois held a forum on Thursday to discuss with the community why that is.
The Eviction Lab is a team of researchers who study US eviction rates. They found out that Rockford has three times the eviction rate of the rest of the state. That equals 3. 26 households evicted every day. Zion Development Corporation’s executive director Bob Campbell says this discussion is a step toward getting the community the resources it needs.
"80% of landlords have legal representation but less than 15% of tenants have legal representation. So if you find yourself facing foreclosure getting legal representation can help a lot. If you don't have much income contacting prairie state legal services is a great place to start,” said Campbell.
Follow up meetings are being planned, long with a 2018 housing matters conference on October 25th and 26th in Bloomington Illinois.