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CCH to register 300 homeless voters: What to do if you want to vote

CCH community organizers will register at least 300 homeless people to vote this fall, with outreach offered at more than 20 Chicago shelters and community sites through Tuesday, October 11. Sites where we’re registering voters during this National Homeless and Low-Income Voter Week include Breakthrough Urban Ministries, Deborah’s Place, the Ewing Hotel, Franciscan House, IDHS’s 10 S….

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CCH to participate in Bank of America Chicago Marathon

CCH is proud to be an affiliate charity for the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 8. We are now recruiting our Team to End Homelessness, offering a limited number of guaranteed entries to the race. Runners will be required to set a $1,000 minimum fundraising goal, to be raised online in conjunction with their…

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Homelessness and motherhood

Taishi Neuman and Marilyn Escoe talk about their experiences with homelessness and motherhood. Though one might imagine only single adults experiencing homelessness, people living within families are half of Chicago’s homeless population. Thank you to StorpCorps for the photo and recording. If you would like to invite Taishi Neuman, Marilyn Escoe, or any members of…

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Cook County judge affirms homeless man can proceed with lawsuit citing the Illinois homeless bill of rights

A Cook County judge has ruled against dismissing a lawsuit filed by a homeless man whose belongings were thrown away by a city street crew. Attorneys from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and their co-counsels sued the city of Chicago in March for illegally destroying property, including vital prescriptions and blankets, belonging to Robert Henderson, 62,…

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CCH awards college scholarships to 20 students

On June 23, CCH awarded $2,500 renewable college scholarships to five new high school graduates who succeeded in school while coping with homelessness. We also presented $2,500 renewal awards to 15 upperclassmen. Thanks to the donors and foundations that fund these scholarships, 50 students received $235,000 through last school year. Filmed by Russ Constable Edited…

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Re-entry committee

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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