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New city policy provides greater protection and services for homeless people living on Chicago’s streets

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) has reached a new agreement with the city of Chicago to: (1) protect the right of homeless persons living on Lower Wacker Drive and under the Wilson Avenue viaduct at Lake Shore Drive to retain their vital possessions free from seizure and disposal by the city while ensuring the…

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In Chicago, call 311 for help during arctic weather

With an arctic turn in the weather this week, Mayor Emanuel and Chicago city officials said Monday that people should call 311 if they need weather-related help, including rides to emergency shelter or city warming centers. Callers to 311 can request the following: * A ride and placement in an overnight shelter bed. * A…

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Zumiez donates 408 coats & blankets for Chicago shelter residents

Outerwear retailer Zumiez generously donated 120 blankets and 288 coats for women, children and men. CCH community organizers will be distributing the much-needed outerwear during their regular outreach in Chicago shelters. This is the ninth year in a row that the Zumiez Foundation has shipped hundreds of outerwear items, including socks, gloves and hats, for people coping with…

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Chicago service remembers 31 women and men at Homeless Persons Memorial

A candlelight service Thursday remembered 31 Chicagoans who died this past year without a home.

“This homeless memorial is to recognize all of the folks whose lives touched other lives and who have passed away, and to remember who they were to us and what they meant to society,” said Wayne Richard, a senior community organizer at CCH who helps plan the annual service.

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Charles leads and serves today, Charlese prepares for tomorrow

Almost 25 years ago, Charles Jenkins made a vow to turn his life around. Charles went on to become one of the longest serving community leaders at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. And whenever he can include her, the devoted father brings along his youngest child, Charlese. “When she asks if she can come…

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Every Child in School, Every Day hosts Tilden and Prosser students for holiday party

As part of the Every Child in School, Every Day school outreach project, Chase Bank volunteers partnered with our Law Project to host a holiday party for students from Chicago’s Prosser and Tilden high schools. Eighteen students who work with homeless liaisons at Tilden and Prosser enjoyed Lou Malnati’s pizza on the 56th floor of…

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CCH welcomes Policy Fellow Jonathan Holmes

In mid-November, CCH welcomed its newest staff member, Policy Fellow Jonathan Holmes. In his first three weeks, Jonathan made two trips to Springfield, working with Policy Specialist Jennifer Cushman and 140 CCH community leaders in advocating for the minimum wage and homeless shelter/program funding. Jonathan holds degrees in social work, earning a master’s from the…

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Chicago For All celebrates city’s new SRO preservation ordinance

The Chicago For All coalition celebrated passage of the Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Preservation ordinance Monday night in Uptown.  The event was attended by many leaders from ONE Northside, the campaign’s lead organization, as well as staff from partner groups and several key staff from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office. CCH’s Eithne McMenamin and Julie Dworkin were…

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A Stronger Illinois: We Are a Stronger Illinois When We Prevent Homelessness

Illinois families and communities are stronger when we prevent children and adults from
becoming homeless and when families who are homeless obtain secure, permanent housing.

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National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week: Inspired by her parents, and those who helped her during 9 years of homelessness

The last of our daily essay from interns and staff during National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week. My name is Anita Strange-Rebecchi. As part of earning my master’s in social work from Chicago State University, I am interning with the community organizing department at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH). I have an understanding…

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