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Join us at Cheers for Change, Dec. 15

Question: What do an architect, a librarian, and a copywriter have in common? Answer: All are guest bartenders for the first ever holiday installment of CCH’s popular fundraiser, Cheers For Change! On Thursday, Dec. 15, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Owl at 2521 N. Milwaukee Avenue will play host to an eclectic mix…

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Remembering Sean McKeough and Otis Clay

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…

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Giving Tuesday: Thank you for your generous support

Many thanks for your generous support on Giving Tuesday, a global day of charitable giving held Nov. 29. We sought to raise $8,000, and by day’s end, 89 donors generously gave $8,755, surpassing our goal by 9%. We are so grateful! We’re also thankful for our youngest donor, Peninah. Accompanied by her mother, Anika, the 5-year-old…

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136 CCH leaders talk to legislators in Springfield

With the state’s 18-month stopgap budget set to expire on Dec. 31, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless brought 136 homeless leaders and students to Springfield to talk to 42 legislators during the veto session. During the November 16 lobby day, CCH leaders asked legislators to pass a responsible budget with adequate revenue. CCH sponsored three buses…

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CCH Board of Directors welcomes six new members

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless welcomed six new members to its Board of Directors in November. New to the 28-member CCH Board are: Tracy Baim, Publisher and Executive Editor of Windy City Times Megan Finkelman, Vice President, Account Director at HY Connect Caronina Grimble, Program Officer at the Woods Fund of Chicago Claire Lew, CEO of…

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Jayme overcame homelessness – now she helps high schoolers do the same

Four years after graduating, Jayme Robinson is back at Schurz High School, helping students who are homeless like she was. Jayme, 22, works for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless as an AmeriCorps VISTA organizer. One of her projects is to mentor homeless students, including teens at her alma mater on the Northwest Side. Along…

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Homeless youth in Chicago have help from a free mobile phone app

StreetLight Chicago is a new, free mobile phone app designed for use by homeless youth and the social service providers that support this vulnerable population. Launched Nov. 14, this mobile app gives timely information about the resources available to help youth, to age 24, who are homeless and living on their own. Chicago is home to…

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What to do if you are homeless and want to VOTE on Election Day

By Niya Kelly, Policy Specialist Illinois residents who are homeless have the right to vote during Tuesday’s Nov. 8 presidential and statewide elections, even if they are not yet registered to vote. If you live on the street, in shelters, or doubled-up in the homes of others, you are considered homeless. You can register to vote…

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State Network succeeds at budget and housing advocacy

By Jim Picchetti, Senior Organizer of CCH’s State Network Five years ago, a perfect storm challenged the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless to start the State Network, now working in 11 suburbs and downstate communities. Federal funds from the stimulus package were drying up. Legislative allies told CCH it was more difficult to keep homeless issues…

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Honoring community and political leaders, CCH presents John Donahue and Les Brown awards

CCH hosted an Oct. 20 victory celebration to honor more than 40 community and political leaders who worked with the coalition to enact policies and legislation that betters the lives of people who are homeless. CCH presented the John “Juancho” Donahue Award to Unity Parenting and Counseling Center for its longtime organizing leadership on the…

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