2017 Chicago Marathon Team to End Homelessness

Seven members of the 2017 Team to End Homelessness

CCH is proud to be an affiliate charity for the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 8. We have recruited 13 runners to our Team to End Homelessness this year, and are still recruiting runners who obtained entry through the drawing.

Each of our runners will raise at least $1,000 from friends and family online in conjunction with their race training. You can donate in honor of our team hereContinue reading 2017 Chicago Marathon Team to End Homelessness

Thank You!

Thank you for signing up to learn more about the Associate Board! We’ll be in touch with you soon.

We hope you can join us at our next Associate Board meeting: 

Tuesday, August 14, 6:15-7:15 p.m.

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless: 70 E. Lake St., Suite 720

Tell your U.S. Senators: Jeff Sessions is not qualified to be Attorney General

no-sessionsPlease call your senators and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee with this message: 

Jeff Sessions is not qualified to be Attorney General. Please oppose his nomination.

Sessions’ long record demonstrates hostility to the enforcement of civil rights for people of color, immigrants, and women, including victims of domestic violence, people with disabilities, and the LGBT community.


If you live in Illinois, your U.S. Senators are: 

Richard J. Durbin: (202) 224-2152

Tammy Duckworth: (202) 224-2854

You can find your senators contact information HERE if you live outside of Illinois. 


Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee: 

Grassley, Chuck (R – IA) , Chairman: 202-224-3744

Feinstein, Dianne (D – CA), Ranking Member: (202) 224-3841

Hatch, Orrin G. (R – UT): (202) 224-5251

Graham, Lindsey (R – SC): (202) 224-5972

Cornyn, John (R – TX): (202) 224-2934

Lee, Mike (R – UT): (202) 224-5444

Cruz, Ted (R – TX): (202) 224-5922

Sasse, Ben (R – NE): (202) 224-4224

Flake, Jeff (R – AZ): (202) 224-4521

Crapo, Mike (R – ID): (202) 224-6142

Tillis, Thom (R – NC): (202) 224-6342

Kennedy, John (R – LA): (202) 224-4623

Leahy, Patrick J. (D – VT): (202) 224-4242

Durbin, Richard J. (D – IL): (202) 224-2152

Whitehouse, Sheldon (D – RI): (202) 224-2921

Klobuchar, Amy (D – MN): (202) 224-3244

Franken, Al (D – MN): (202) 224-5641

Coons, Christopher A. (D – DE): (202) 224-5042

Blumenthal, Richard (D – CT): (202) 224-2823

Hirono, Mazie K. (D – HI): (202) 224-6361

How to Help Those Experiencing Homelessness in the Cold

If you are asked for help by someone on the street, you should not hesitate to give them money, food, blankets, or other needed items if you have the means and the desire. We do not think there is any downside to helping people in all of these ways. But more importantly, make sure that whatever interaction you have is positive and respectful. If you cannot or do not want to give anything, you can still make eye contact, smile, and wish someone well. The key is to treat each person with the dignity and respect you would hope for if you were in that situation.

In addition to any immediate support you may decide to give, find organizations that do direct outreach to those experiencing homelessness on Chicago’s streets, provide overnight shelter, and/or permanent affordable housing and support their work. Below are some resources to research nonprofits you could support:

Nonprofits that work with the city of Chicago to address homelessness

Homeless and housing nonprofits throughout Illinois

More resources for the homeless in the cold weather

Temperance spoke up to secure a new home for her family

e-newsletter-photo-donateRebuilding your life after a setback takes determination. For Temperance Thomas, it helps to be open about what she’s been through.

“You got to tell your story or you’ll never get over it. I’m learning to do that,” she says.

With a family to raise, Temperance is determined to move forward. In two years, she has completed culinary training, found a new job, and joined the Reentry Project at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

Continue reading Temperance spoke up to secure a new home for her family

Remembering Sean McKeough and Otis Clay

Otis Clay (top) and Sean McKeough (bottom)

We don’t do it alone. This week the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless remembers the lives of two men, important to the music community, who showed generosity toward homeless people and the work we do: Sean McKeough and Otis Clay. 

As a partner and producer of Riot Fest, Sean McKeough granted CCH a wonderful platform to spread our message and attract supporters each fall on the festival grounds. Sean also welcomed CCH to host events at his Cobra Lounge.   Continue reading Remembering Sean McKeough and Otis Clay

Riot Fest Drawing Winners

Below is a list of all the winners from our memorabilia drawing at Riot Fest 2016:

2 Tickets to Anthrax – Allison B.*

2 VIP Passes Riot Fest 2017 – Mike H.

Alice Cooper set list – Jessie O.

Andrew McMahon poster – Alex

Andrew W.K. poster – Robert D.*

Ben Folds poster – Michael H.

Blink 182 guitar – Robert B.*

Bullet Tooth album- Jeff P.*

Catfish & The Bottlemen album – Alex

Clutch poster – Jeff*

Corrosion of Conformity album – Jon R.*

Dandy Warhols album – Jon R.*

The Darkness poster – Gina

Deftones package – Laurie M.*

Descendents guitar – Dylan O.

Devil Wears Prada poster – Mike

Disco Demolition book – Lexie

Dropkick Murphys album – Pakledinaz

Everclear poster/package – Monet B.

Fall Out Boy album – Elizabeth S.*

Fat Wreck Chords package – Christine R.*

Fear Factory – Aces S.

Fitz & The Tantrums album – Karl

Flaming Lips alien – Rick

Fratellis album sleeve – Rachel D.

Fu Manchu album – Michael N*

Gary Numan poster – Brad H.

Gwar necklace – Bartt B.*

Gwar skatedeck – Taylor V.

Har Mar Superstar poster – Mike B.*

Hello Kitty Fest custom illustration – Dawn

Hippo Campus album – Jason M.

Jack’s Mannequin album – Travis

John Cusack signed photo – Joseph

Less Thank Jake album – Jon R.*

Los Lobos poster – Carlos

Me First & The Gimme Gimmes album – Chris D.

Naked Raygun guitar – Dem*

Night Riots package – Frank

NOFX package – Ted M.*

North Mississippi Allstars poster – Val

Patti Smith poster – Matt B.

Pepper Bears jersey – Pete O.*

Pixies album – Gia

Prophets of Rage guitar – Jeff

Refused album – Mike B.*

Reverend Horton Heat poster – Brian S.

Riot Fest Speaks 2016 poster – Marc

Rituals poster Rachel D.

Savages poster – Brad

Sleater Kinney album – Jachie

Slightly Stoopid package – Mike B.

Streetlight Manifesto poster – Nathan F.

Suicide Machines poster – Rafael

Superchunk poster – Greg B.

Taking Back Sunday albums – Matt G.

The Darkness poster – Gina

The Vandals album – Robert D.*

Thrice drumhead – Charlie

Todd Rundgren poster – James A.*

Violent Femmes poster – Gia

Violent SoHo t-shirt – Allison

Ween guitar – Nick M.

White Mystery package – Emerson

*Hundred Dollar Club member

DNAInfo: Chicago’s Homeless Population Has Dropped 13 Percent In A Year: City Report

By Tanveer Ali

The homeless encampment under the viaduct on Wilson Avenue. (DNAinfo/Josh McGhee)
The homeless encampment under the viaduct on Wilson Avenue. (DNAinfo/Josh McGhee)

Chicago’s homeless population has dropped by 13 percent since last year, according to a count conducted by the city.

According to the 2016 Homeless Point-in-Time count, 5,889 people were experiencing homelessness in January compared with 6,786 the year before.

The count found a 22 percent drop in veteran homelessness since last year. Chronic homelessness is down 68 percent and the number of minors living homeless without an adult is down 14 percent.

Earlier this year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel launched a task force to reduce homelessness.

“While we are encouraged that we have fewer residents impacted by homelessness this year, our work to address homelessness is not done until every Chicagoan has a place to call home,” Emanuel said in a statement Monday.

The decrease recorded in the count, conducted Jan. 26 when survey teams fanned across the city, may be attributed to multiple factors, said Julie Dworkin, director of policy for Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

In addition to implementing a more exact way of counting people on Blue and Red lines trains, an initiative to get veterans housed may have also helped.

The Ending Veterans Homelessness Initiative is an “all-hands-on-deck effort to identify every veteran in Chicago.”

“It’s about coming up with one consolidated list then going through that list systematically working to ge everybody housed,” Dworkin said.

While the count may have shown a drop with some homeless populations, Dworkin said the count is also flawed because its “narrow” definition of homelessness doesn’t include families who are “doubled-up” living with friends or families, instead of on the streets or in shelters.

The count also explored how the homeless population was concentrated in parts of the city.

Downtown community areas including Loop and Near North Side are near the top of the list of neighborhoods with the largest homeless populations. Uptown’s share of the homeless population has more than doubled and accounts for 9.4 percent of all homeless people in Chicago, according to the count.