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Gov. Rauner signs first of four reentry job access bills passed this spring

Updated July 29 Staff and community leaders with our Reentry Project advocated this spring for four job access bills that would help Illinoisans with old criminal records. Progressing with strong bi-partisan support, four bills impacting job opportunities in schools, park districts, and in health care were enacted by legislators. A school jobs bill was signed by Gov….

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CCH welcomes new intake specialist Roberto Martinez, says goodbye to Ali Heinen

Roberto Martinez has joined the Law Project staff as Intake Specialist, succeeding Ali Heinen as she heads to law school this fall. Roberto served the past year as a compañero at Taller De José, a social services agency in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. A compañero fulfills many of the same duties as an intake specialist,…

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Wayne Richard teaches community organizing in central Europe

Associate Director of Organizing Wayne Richard is spending three weeks in central Europe, teaching community organizing practices through an international exchange program. Wayne’s training sessions in Slovakia and Hungary are offered through the Great Lakes Consortium (GLC) for International Training and Development. Since 2012, the organizing exchange has brought five of our organizers to Europe to offer…

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Registrations available for August 8 golf outing

Registrations are available as the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless brings its annual golf outing back to the Willmette Golf Club for a second year. Set for Monday, August 8, the event kicks off with a grilled lunch at 12 noon and tee-off at 1:30 p.m. After golfing, participants will enjoy cocktails and a dinner…

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We stand with Black Lives Matter

In the last week, we have all borne witness to the killing of two black men at the hands of police. The deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile are as distressing and unnecessary as were similar tragedies that have come before, in Chicago and across the U.S. The American reality is that if you are black, you are more likely to…

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Our 2016-17 scholarship recipients

CCH presents its 2016 college scholarship winners

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and its Law Project has awarded renewable $2,500 college scholarships to five students who succeeded in high school while coping with homelessness. Funded by private donors and grants, CCH has already awarded more than $235,000 to 50 students since 2004. Presented on June 23, the 2016 scholarship winners are Nia Hill,…

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Taishi has found her public voice – now she’s a leader on her Local School Council

Taishi Neuman wanted to help other families coping with homelessness. First homeless herself at age 15, she experienced homelessness again after multiple sclerosis left her unable to continue work as a nursing home assistant. Still, Taishi thought she was too quiet to speak up. Then she met a community organizer from the Chicago Coalition for…

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Leeanna talks about becoming a leader with CCH

Leeanna Majors shared with Charles Jenkins about her transformation into a leader with Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.  Thank you to StorpCorps for the photo and recording. If you would like to invite Leeanna Majors, Charles Jenkins or any of other members of the CCH Speakers Bureau to present at your organization, school, or civic…

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Governor Rauner signs a stopgap funding plan

CCH participated in a rally for a fully, funded budget on Thursday, June 30 at the Thompson Center in Chicago. Simultaneously, the Illinois Legislature passed and Governor Rauner signed a stopgap funding plan. SB2047 authorizes spending for human services including programs serving homeless youth, families, and individuals for FY2016 and the first six months of…

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Bridgeview Bank offers second Hearts for the Homeless program

Bridgeview Bank Group is offering its second Hearts for the Homeless program, benefitting the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. First launched in May 2015, last year’s six-month campaign raised an impressive $21,150 to support our work on behalf of homeless families, youth and adults. Through Hearts for the Homeless, Bridgeview Bank will donate $50 to CCH when…

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