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Back-to-school outreach in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood

By Beth Malik, Associate Director of the Law Project With Chicago’s first day of school less than two weeks away, volunteers from the legal department of JPMorgan Chase teamed up with our Law Project to distribute back-to-school outreach materials to homeless and at-risk families in the North Lawndale neighborhood. Ten Chase volunteers and eight CCH staff distributed…

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Removing bars to employment for people with records

CCH Policy Specialist Jonathan Holmes contributed this piece to the Clergy for a New Drug Policy.  People with criminal records face significant barriers in society. A charge or conviction can impact one’s ability to find housing, employment, and stability. The War on Drugs and mass incarceration policies have had a detrimental impact on the lives…

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Yaneth Aguilar, with her daughter: "I want to share my story to see how I can change people's opinions of what Latino homelessness is."

Yaneth Aguilar: Latino perceptions of homelessness

By Allegra Codamon, CCH Media Intern Her college internship ended, but Yaneth Aguilar still volunteers at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. Working with community organizer Rachel Ramirez, Yaneth co-wrote a survey being used by CCH to determine how Chicago’s Latino community perceives what it is to be homeless. The survey also assesses awareness of services…

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Some of the 28 members of the legal staff from CCH and Chase who ran the July 23 clinic for homeless youth.

Law Project and attorney volunteers assist 28 homeless youths at clinic

By Beth Malik Associate Director of The Law Project and Youth Futures attorney Twenty-eight homeless youths acquired needed legal identification documents in a one-day outreach program offered by our Law Project and Chase Bank’s legal department. As part of the JPMorgan Chase Day of Service on July 23, CCH and Chase legal staffs hosted a…

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Registrations available as CCH brings its golf outing to a new venue, the Wilmette Golf Club

Registrations are still available as the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless brings its annual golf outing to a new venue, the Wilmette Golf Club. Set for Monday, August 10, the event kicks off with a grilled lunch at 12 noon and tee-off at 1:30 p.m. After golfing, participants enjoy cocktails and a dinner reception, with the opportunity…

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A warm farewell to Policy’s Jennifer Cushman, welcome to Jonathan Holmes

Jennifer Cushman, policy specialist and CCH’s lead point person in Springfield, will be leaving July 31 to start a job with the Responsible Budget Coalition. Policy Fellow Jonathan Holmes will join the staff as a policy specialist, effective immediately, and Policy Director Julie Dworkin has begun a search to hire a policy specialist to succeed…

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Executive Director Ed Shurna to retire this fall

After almost 20 years of working on behalf of families, youth and adults who are coping with homelessness, our Executive Director, Ed Shurna has announced his plans to retire this fall. Over 12 years, Ed’s caring leadership furthered the reach and impact of work done by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. Under his leadership, CCH…

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Four West Side aldermen commit to withhold public support from $300M project without a Community Benefits Agreement

At a forum for 250 people, four West Side aldermen committed Tuesday to withhold public subsidies and tax breaks for a West Side redevelopment project until a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) is negotiated and signed. “We know why we’re here,” said Gloria Davis, a CCH leader and co-chair of the forum at First Baptist Congregational,…

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Hannah Willage: Training community organizers from Romania and Hungary

Associate Director Hannah Willage returned Monday from central Europe, where she spent 16 days teaching community organizing through the Great Lakes Consortium (GLC) for International Training and Development. Through the program, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) has hosted hosted eight organizers since 2012, and four CCH organizers have traveled to Europe to train community groups there.  Hannah…

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Public meeting Tuesday to discuss job creation through a West Side Community Benefits Agreement

Join us at Tuesday night’s public meeting with elected officials to talk about bringing jobs to Chicago’s West Side through a Community Benefits Agreement. CCH co-leads organizing for the Westside Community Benefits Coalition, which is hosting the 6:30 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, July 14 at First Baptist Congregational Church, 1613 W. Washington Blvd. Other partners in…

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