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CCH honors Michael Heaton and Mike Bagley at Leadership Circle screening & panel for The Homestretch

CCH honored two of its dedicated volunteers Monday, kicking off a Leadership Circle event that also featured screening The Homestretch, a new documentary on the lives of three unaccompanied youths in Chicago. Michael Heaton and Mike Bagley were honored for 11 years of volunteer work on behalf of CCH. Their extensive efforts include founding and…

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CCH kicks off campaign to raise $59,112 dollars for homeless youth work

Last night, CCH hosted donors and supporters at a premiere run screening of The Homestretch at the Gene Siskel Film Center. At the event, we launched the Hopestretch for homeless youth, an exciting new two-month campaign to raise $59,112 – the number of students identified as homeless by Illinois public schools last year. This funding…

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Sweet Home Chicago celebrates first apartments ready for lease to low-income households

Sweet Home Chicago is celebrating! The first apartment building to be rehabbed with city grant assistance from the TIF Purchase-Rehab program is being leased in the Lawndale neighborhood to low-income households. Available for implementation since mid-2012, the TIF Purchase-Rehab Program has so far allocated $1 million in each of four tax-increment financing (TIF) districts. The…

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3 CCH leaders explain why they ‘Fight for 15′

Jimmy Lacy interviewed several of the homeless workers who joined 65 CCH leaders at yesterday’s Fight for 15 protests. With photos by Shruti Sharma Brenda Starks “If you don’t stand up and say something, no one can read your mind, so they’re not going to hear what you need. You have to say something.” This…

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Leader Yaodi Hu: We are Fighting for the Fifteen

Men from St. Leonard’s Ministries and San Jose Obrero Mission interim shelters joined forces Sept. 4 to support Fight For 15. They were among 65 CCH leaders and staff who participated in the protest on the South Side. Many of these leaders feel that low wages are a main barrier to getting out of homelessness,…

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Law interns reflect on summer’s meaningful work

CCH’s legal staff asked our summer law interns to reflect on their work this summer. Their short essays follow.   By Harry Chipeta, Jr. (John Marshall Law School) During my time at the coalition this past summer, I had a great experience helping homeless individuals as well as learning just how the law can help…

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CCH hosts screening of documentary about homeless teens

CCH is proud to host a premiere run screening of The Homestretch on Monday, Sept. 15 at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St. Donors and supporters have been invited to view the 89-minute film at 6 p.m., followed by a brief panel discussion featuring Director/Producers Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly, CCH…

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CCH partners with Riot Fest again this year

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless was proud to be the official charity partner with Riot Fest Chicago. The three-day music festival and carnival in Humboldt Park held its 10th Chicago extravaganza Sept. 12-14. Riot Fest boasted an impressive lineup of over 125 bands, including The Cure, Jane’s Addiction and The National, with a full carnival…

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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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