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Victory! Four reentry job-access bills signed into state law

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. Rauner on July 29, and the three other bills await his approval or veto.

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Loyola law students help the Law Project run back-to-school outreach in Austin

With Chicago Public Schools reopening on Sept. 6, the Law Project staff and Loyola University law students went to Chicago’s West Side Austin neighborhood to canvass and engage with the community about the rights of homeless students. Five staff members and 10 Loyola law students distributed 2,445 door hangers, posters, brochures, and informational pamphlets at…

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Follow us on Instagram

CCH is proud to announce that we are now on Instagram! We will be posting new photos of our staff and leaders out in the community as they attend rallies and protests, share their stories with legislators, speak to school and civic groups, and fight for the rights of homeless students. See us in action,…

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CPS Layoffs

Chicago Public School layoffs hit homeless students

Chicago Public School layoffs of more than 500 teachers and 500 support staff will disproportionately impact homeless students. Last school year, CPS identified 18,831 homeless students, which was 4.8% of its total enrollment. Homelessness often has significant negative impacts on students — academically, socially, and emotionally. Homeless students face greater barriers to enrollment, attendance, and…

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A guide to enrolling homeless Chicago children in preschool

Last school year, 521 homeless students were enrolled in preschool programs run by the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). This was a 32% drop from the prior 2014-15 school year, when 766 homeless preschoolers were enrolled. Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is working to make sure that homeless children are able to attend preschool. The guide below…

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Gloria and Cassie

Relationships

Gloria Davis talks to Crystal Sahler about relationships, how they are always changing, and how relationships can last a lifetime.

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The past, present, and future of the Speakers Bureau

We are happy to introduce Jayme Robinson as our new AmeriCorp VISTA organizer. Jayme will now manage the Speakers Bureau, building its capacity and strengthening relationships with volunteers. Jayme’s journey with CCH started long before this summer. In her senior year of high school, Jayme was kicked out of her home due to her sexual…

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CCH hosts Illinois poverty commission hearing on homeless youth

The Illinois Commission on the Elimination of Poverty held its annual listening session at CCH’s office Tuesday, this year focused on the experiences of homeless youth. Five commissioners, including State Sen. Robyn Gabel (D-Chicago), heard about the challenges facing homeless and unaccompanied youth, including the impact of the state budget crisis. Staff and youth clients from CCH Youth Committee…

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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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