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CCH Education Committee kicks off the new school year

The Education Committee kicked off the new school year Monday evening, the first meeting led by Dasia Skinner, a VISTA serving as CCH’s new education and youth organizer. The gathering featured new faces and familiar ones, bringing together 19 people who want to better the lives of homeless students. Comprised of homeless and recently homeless…

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Celebrating successes, CCH honors political and governmental leaders

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless honored eight political and governmental leaders on Aug. 7, and while pausing to celebrate the victories of this year, those in attendance also looked ahead to the work that still needs to be done. “People ask me what CCH does,” said Ed Shurna, Executive Director. “I say we change lives….

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Every Child in School, Every Day runs back-to-school outreach near North Grand & Orr high schools

Twenty-three Chase Bank volunteers, CCH staff and interns teamed up Tuesday for back-to-school outreach to homeless youth living in two West Side neighborhoods. Every Child in School, Every Day is a Law Project initiative sponsored by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation to ensure that students without housing enroll in and attend school. “I think this is…

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CCH welcomes Dasia Skinner, youth and education organizer

In June, Dasia Skinner became CCH’s Youth and Education Organizer, working for one year under the Americorps VISTA program. Taking over from J.D. Klippenstein, who first organized the CCH Education Committee, Dasia will organize homeless youth and parents working with the Education Committee. Dasia was asked to introduce herself with this essay. I am a…

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The Law Project launches texting hotlines for clients

As another way to reach out to clients, including homeless youth, the Law Project has launched three texting hotlines.  You can reach the Law Project via text at: The general hotline, (312) 720-1800, for all inquiries and legal assistance; Youth Futures hotline, (312) 720-1787, for legal help for homeless and unaccompanied youth; Health care hotline,…

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22,144 homeless students enrolled in Chicago Public Schools this past year

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) served 22,144 homeless students during the 2013-14 school year, another year-end record for the city’s public schools. It is an 18.6% increase from the prior year’s homeless enrollment of 18,669 in 2012-13 – which itself was an 8.2% increase. The data and homeless services are tracked by the CPS office of…

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‘Sauce Boss’ cooks and performs for North Side men’s shelter

CCH teamed up with North Side Housing & Supportive Services to bring Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton to perform Tuesday evening for 30 men who live in North Side’s Uptown interim housing. The evening was planned by Senior Community Organizer Wayne Richard and Development Director Michael Nameche. A new outreach site for Wayne, North Side provides…

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Action Alert: On The Cusp – CHA Reentry Pilot

We are close to having our CHA Reentry Pilot approved and implemented by CHA and we need YOUR support! Speak out now. Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) will soon give final approval to pilot a housing access program proposed by the Reentry Project at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. We’re asking you to send a message…

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31 attend Speakers Bureau retreat in Evanston

Hosted by Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University, the CCH Speakers Bureau’s retreat drew 31 participants Monday evening — formerly homeless speakers, as well as representatives of the 182 students mobilized this past school year at 14 Chicago area high schools and colleges. “This was the best yearly retreat we’ve had since I’ve been here,”…

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July 29 H.E.L.L.O. Photography Exhibit: Homeless and Formerly Homeless youth display their artwork

C.J. quietly lays two dozen photos on the table before him. Two are pictures of the park where the 24-year-old used to sleep. Several photos are graphic images of single words: Live, Give, Rest. But one photo jars Adrianna King, who is sitting next to him. For a moment Adrianna slips back into the past…

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