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Online applications now available for CCH’s $2,500 college scholarships

Each summer, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless awards $2,500 renewable college scholarships to graduating seniors who experienced homelessness during high school. Applications for 2016 are now available online. Due by Friday, April 15 (by 4:30 p.m.), the application includes two letters of reference. Who’s eligible to apply? Graduating seniors from Chicago and suburban schools…

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CCH, Youth Committee protest over budget threat to homeless youth services

By Niya Kelly, Policy Specialist In an action organized by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and its Youth Committee, 34 of us headed to Gov. Rauner’s Chicago office Monday to secure a meeting with him or a top aide in his administration. We want the governor to know that vital service programs for homeless youth are…

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Helped by our social media supporters, CCH wins $5,000 grant from the Yelp Foundation

January 28 – Thanks to our dedicated supporters and the Yelp Foundation, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless won the most local votes – and a $5,000 grant – in the  social media contest Yelp Foundation Gives Local. Yelp Foundation announced today that it will award $750,000 in grants to 225 non-profits working in 75 communities…

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Advisory: Clergy and homeless advocates to hold Thursday prayer vigil in Aurora

Who: 50 local clergy and homeless advocates What: State budget protest and prayer vigil When: Thursday, Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. Where: Faith Lutheran Church, 3000 Liberty Street, Aurora On Thursday, homeless advocates from Hesed House – the second largest homeless emergency shelter in Illinois – will join clergy from Kane, DuPage and Will counties…

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CCH statement on Gov. Rauner’s ‘State of the State’

1:30 p.m., January 27 CCH statement on Gov. Rauner’s “State of the State” address today: “For all his concern about jobs and job creation, his lack of a state budget has already lost Illinois thousands of jobs – jobs that provide support to the most vulnerable families,” said Executive Director Doug Schenkelberg. Policy Director Julie…

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Responsible Budget Coalition statement on Gov. Rauner’s State of the State

Governor Fails to Make Families and Communities Priority During Address Springfield – The following is a statement from Dan Lesser, director of economic justice for the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, on behalf of the Responsible Budget Coalition: Hundreds of veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, immigrants, faith leaders, students, children, and working families…

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Responsible Budget Coalition releases report on the ‘State of Our State’

Families across Illinois say the ‘State of Our State’ is weak due to failure to pass a responsible budget From one end of the state to the other, families and providers called on the Governor and lawmakers to put a budget first that chooses revenue over cuts to families and communities The unanimous opinion of providers and…

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RBC SOS flyer FIN7

State of Our State Rally on Wednesday, Jan. 27

Make the Governor and lawmakers pay attention to the true state of OUR state and demand a responsible budget

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A year after settlement, CCH attorneys still work on ‘street sweeps’ case

By Diane O’Connell, Staff Attorney Our Law Project staff and interns continue to monitor how the city of Chicago implements its policy regulating the seizure of personal property taken from homeless people who live on the street. The policy was adopted in January 2015 after CCH, working with another legal aid group and private law…

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Associate Board surpasses 2015 goal

By Claire Sloss, Assistant Development Director Many thanks to the Associate Board of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, which surpassed its 2015 fundraising goal of $40,000. Led by President Casey Wittekind and Vice President Ryan Cameron, the group raised $40,167 last year. The Associate Board is a group of about 25 young professionals who…

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