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CCH, reentry coalition advocate to limit barriers triggered by background checks

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) is advocating for two statewide reentry measures that would limit the barrier to jobs and housing triggered by a criminal background check. The CCH Reentry Project partners in the Restoring Rights and Opportunities Coalition of Illinois (RROCI), organized in 2015 by CCH, Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Community Renewal Society, and Heartland Alliance….

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Eithne McMenamin leaves CCH to head up Chicago Cottages, a ‘tiny homes’ project

By Eithne McMenamin Associate Director of Policy As my time at CCH draws to a close, I’m feeling a mixture of emotions. I’m excited for my new venture as well as nervous as to what the future holds, and also a little sad that I’m leaving such a great organization. I’m as proud to be…

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CCH statement on Governor Rauner’s 2017 state budget address

February 15 – Illinois needs a budget that reflects who we are  – a state that wants to give everyone the opportunity to contribute to the greater good. Today Governor Bruce Rauner introduced a budget that fails to meet this standard. Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is disappointed that the governor continues to prioritize non-budget items over the needs of families,…

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CCH joins groups in opposing cutbacks to federal nutrition programs

CCH recently joined 126 other Illinois organizations on an open letter urging Illinois congressmen to protect federal nutrition programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs (NSLP). A related letter, signed by 139 groups, was sent Feb. 13 to Gov. Bruce Rauner. These nutrition programs reduce hunger and poverty, improve health…

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Using the StreetLight Chicago phone app, La Casa Norte pilots “Book A Bed” at its South Side youth shelter

Homeless youth can now reserve a shelter bed using a new “Book a Bed” feature on StreetLight Chicago, a free mobile app for homeless youth co-developed by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. Through “Book a Bed,” La Casa Norte makes available four beds at its Back of the Yards shelter, 1736 W. 47th Street. Launched Feb. 6, the…

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2017 Chicago Marathon Team to End Homelessness

CCH is proud to be an affiliate charity for the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 8. We have recruited 13 runners to our Team to End Homelessness this year, and are still recruiting runners who obtained entry through the drawing. Each of our runners will raise at least $1,000 from friends and family online in conjunction with…

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March 2: Justice Circle celebrates the Law Project’s 20 years in evening reception at Chez

Twenty years of legal aid and advocacy by the Law Project at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless will be celebrated Thursday, March 2 at an evening reception. The Justice Circle event will honor the Law Project’s founding director, Senior Counsel Rene Heybach, as well as the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP for…

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Our thanks to the talented musicians who supported CCH at winter shows

CCH is no stranger to the power of music.  For more than 20 years we staged the annual benefit concert Hopefest, while our partnership with Riot Fest’s three-day music festival raised almost $150,000 in five years. This winter, generous people staged new music fundraisers for CCH, raising a collective $7,869 in support our work: ·        Dave Specter of Evanston’s…

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CCH statement on Governor Rauner’s State of the State

January 25 We’re glad Governor Rauner recognizes that our failure to pass a budget for a year and a half has hurt the most vulnerable people in our state. Unfortunately, he failed to acknowledge an important fact – an adequate budget for this year and next requires new revenue now. Future growth does not fix…

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Big thanks to Zumiez and Blistex!

Homeless people with whom our staff offers outreach were greatly helped this winter by the annual generosity of two companies, Blistex and Zumiez. Each year since 2005, outerwear retailer Zumiez has shipped more than 40 boxes of coats, hoodies and blankets for distribution by our staff in Chicago shelters. Zumiez has given nearly 500 boxes of…

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