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On Chicago Loop Alliance’s new tactics regarding homeless people

CCH sent the following letter on May 27 to the Chicago Loop Alliance, taking issue with its new campaign regarding interactions with homeless people downtown. The campaign is described in a story on, “Don’t Give to Panhandlers, Give to Charities, New Loop Campaign Advises.” Michael M. Edwards, President & CEO Chicago Loop Alliance 27 East Monroe…

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May 27: Responsible Budget Coalition issues statement on state budget priorities

CCH is a leader in the Responsible Budget Coalition, which released this statement on May 27 regarding General Assembly budget action: This spring lawmakers – reflecting the views of business leaders, human service providers, educators, seniors, and everyday families – have consistently registered their opposition to budget proposals that impose drastic and short-sighted cuts to…

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Rental Housing Support Module

Illinois Supreme Court has ruled in total victory for rental housing program

The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled to uphold a law that provides housing subsidies for thousands of low-income families across Illinois. The Illinois Rental Housing Support Program was created in 2005 when CCH’s statewide housing campaign passed legislation creating a $10 charge on real estate recordings. The funding is distributed throughout the state and provides subsidies…

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Charles Austin (right), with Gloria Davis (center)

Reentry jobs bill passes the Illinois Senate, heads to governor’s desk

Working in a coalition with Cabrini Green Legal Aid and Community Renewal Society, CCH’s Reentry Project visited Springfield multiple times this legislative session to advocate for House Bill 494, which would remove lifetime bars to work in or near schools for people with records. As a result of the advocacy efforts, the bill passed both…

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Learning to organize in Romania’s impoverished Roma community

This month CCH hosted two organizing fellows from Central Europe, in a program managed by The Great Lakes Consortium (GLC) for International Training and Development. CCH hosted six organizers from the program in 2012-13. In June, Associate Director of Organizing Hannah Willage will be the fourth CCH organizer to travel to Central Europe to offer more training there. By…

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Community organizing as a tool for anti-poverty work in Hungary

This month CCH has hosted two organizing fellows from Central Europe. The Great Lakes Consortium (GLC) for International Training and Development manages the organizers’ exchange, a program sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. CCH previously hosted six organizers through the program in 2012 and 2013. By Johanna Laszlo, Professional Fellowship…

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More than 200 people at the Raunerville protest, which camped out near one of Gov. Rauner's luxury homes (Photo by Hannah Willage)

‘Raunerville’ leaders take homelessness to (one of) the governor’s homes

In response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposal to cut $18 million from programs for homeless youth, emergency shelters and supportive housing, more than 200 advocates staged a “Raunerville” camp near one of the governor’s nine luxury homes Wednesday. Their message was loud and clear: Cutting state funding to these services would increase homelessness and desperation…

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‘Raunerville’ state budget protest outside one of Gov. Rauner’s luxury homes

  May 13 – More than 200 homeless and community advocates from organizations in Chicago, Aurora, Waukegan and Maywood protested proposed state budget cutbacks to vital homeless, mental health, disability, and community programs on Wednesday afternoon. Gov. Rauner’s FY16 budget would cut $18 million from programs for homeless youth, emergency shelters, and supportive housing for…

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Johanna and Ionela

CCH welcomes organizing fellows from Romania and Hungary

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) is hosting two young community organizers from Romania and Hungary as part of a six-week fellowship exchange between Central Europe and the U.S. This week CCH welcomed Ionela Ciolan and Johanna Laszlo, both doctoral students active in organizing for human rights, including the rights of the Roma people and other…

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Low-income and homeless students qualify for school fee waivers in Illinois

Homeless and low-income students in Illinois qualify to have public school fees waived. If waived, a fee is not charged and the student does not owe fees to the school. Yet every year, the Law Project gets calls from students and parents whose public school is pressing them to pay fees before graduation and the end of…

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