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CCH names new executive director, Doug Schenkelberg

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is pleased to announce that Douglas Schenkelberg has been named executive director, assuming his duties January 4. Doug succeeds Ed Shurna, who retires after 12 years as its executive director and almost 20 years at CCH. “The Board of Directors is delighted that Doug Schenkelberg has been hired and accepted…

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HomeWorks: Report card shows Chicago fails to meet the needs of homeless students, families

During public schools’ Report Card Pick-Up Day, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless released a report card of its own – assessing how the city of Chicago fails to meets the needs of its homeless students and families. The report card was released as CCH launches HomeWorks, a multi-year campaign to create affordable housing for homeless…

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Youth Futures to help develop a mobile phone app for use by homeless youth and providers

A mobile phone app for homeless youth and providers will be ready for use in Chicago by next August, a joint project of CCH’s Youth Futures legal clinic and technical staff from Young Invincibles. The project is funded through a generous grant awarded by the VNA Foundation. Homeless youth in Chicago have a variety of resources available…

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HUD praises reentry pilots like those advocated by CCH’s Reentry Project

By Rachel Ramirez, Reentry Organizer The Reentry Project Committee at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) is pleased that the federal housing agency has announced it favors providing “second chances” that reduce barriers to public housing for people with criminal records. In a “guidance” issued November 2 to public housing authorities, the U.S. Department…

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Executive Director Ed Shurna to retire this fall

After 20 years of working on behalf of families, youth and adults who are coping with homelessness, our Executive Director Ed Shurna has announced plans to retire November 30. Over 12 years, Ed’s caring leadership furthered the reach and impact of work done by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. Under his leadership, CCH has led…

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Registration ends Nov. 10 for free MCLE training for attorneys

Registration closes Nov. 10, but some slots are still available to attend the Law Project’s Thursday MCLE training for attorneys, “Low-Income Client Interviewing: Techniques and Best Practices.” One hour of professional responsibility MCLE credit will be provided. Training is provided free of charge. The training will be Thursday, Nov. 12, 4:30 p.m. t0 6:30 p.m.,…

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Associate Board hosts successful Halloween fundraiser

Why didn’t the skeleton go to the party? Because he had no body to go with! Thanks to your support, the Associate Board of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless hosted another great Halloween night fundraiser at aliveOne, 2683 N. Halsted. Tax-deductible tips to our nine bartenders support CCH’s work, including virtual tip jars found HERE….

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Aja coped with being homeless while succeeding in school

Aja Lowrey is devoted to a mom who made her the priority, especially when things got tough – homeless tough. The second time they were homeless was emotionally difficult for Aja, then a junior at Chicago’s Walter Payton College Prep. At her mom’s insistence, Aja stayed with family friends with a spare bed to offer….

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Fighting a Chicago proposal to exclude SRO residents from tenant rights protections

By Eithne McMenamin, Associate Policy Director Chicago Ald. George Cardenas (12th Ward) has introduced an ordinance to amend the city’s Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance (RLTO). The Cardenas amendment would weaken protections for tenants by targeting low-income tenants of Single-Room Occupancy (SRO) hotels. CCH is strongly opposed to the Cardenas amendment. Joining us to advocate against its…

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CCH to train organizing fellows from Bulgaria and Slovakia

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) is hosting two young professionals from Bulgaria and Slovakia, part of a six-week community organizing exchange between Central Europe and the U.S. This week CCH welcomed attorney Antoaneta Bozhikova from Bulgaria, and Zuzana Balazova, a Ph.D student and school social worker from Slovakia. The Great Lakes Consortium (GLC) for…

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