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Media Advisory: After advocacy by CCH & youth providers, Gov. Quinn to award $2 million of state capital funds for housing & community center

Gov. Pat Quinn will announce Saturday that $2 million of state capital funds are committed to the construction of a supportive housing and community center to serve homeless youth and families in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. Gov. Quinn will speak at 9:45 a.m. in front of the future facility, located adjacent to La Casa Norte’s…

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Associate Board Halloween party – fun, and virtual tips welcome!

Q: Why didn’t the skeleton go to the party? A: Because he had no body to go with! For the sixth year, the Associate Board of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is hosting a Halloween costume fundraiser. All are welcome to join in the festivities! Friday, Oct. 31 At aliveOne (2683 N. Halsted) 7…

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Chicago Housing Authority opens waitlists via online applications

Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) opened its waitlists to new applicants on Monday, October 27 – and for the first time, people can apply for three waitlist lotteries using one online registration form. All applications must be completed online at www.thechawaitlist.org  Applicants can apply for Housing Choice Vouchers (formerly called Section 8), family public housing and/or…

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Organized by the Re-Entry Project, 135 ex-offenders announce plans to apply for CHA housing

More than 130 formerly incarcerated people rallied at Chicago City Hall today with a simple message: We changed our lives, but to stay on the right path we have the right to access public housing. The rally and march, organized by the Re-Entry Project at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH), coincided with the…

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From left, 24th Ward Ald. Michael Chandler, Planning Commissioner Andrew Mooney and Community Investment Corporation Senior Vice President Michael Bielawa

Sweet Home Chicago joins city to celebrate first apartments restored via TIF Purchase-Rehab program

Sweet Home Chicago joined city officials Tuesday to celebrate completion of the first apartment building restored by Multi-Family TIF Purchase-Rehab, a program created after advocacy by our affordable housing coalition. The ribbon-cutting at 1860 South Komensky Avenue celebrated a newly-restored 26-unit building in the 24th Ward’s North Lawndale neighborhood. Sweet Home Chicago proposed that Chicago…

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City Media Advisory: Sweet Home Chicago’s TIF Purchase Rehab program celebrates first renovated apartment building

Ribbon-cutting at 11 a.m. Tuesday at 1860 S. Komensky Avenue North Lawndale Project Adds 26 Affordable Units to Local Housing Inventory Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD) Commissioner Andrew J. Mooney, Ald. Michael Chandler (24th) and Ald. Walter Burnett (27th), affordable housing advocates, and North Lawndale residents celebrated the formal opening today of the…

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Monday media advisory: Ex-offenders to apply for CHA housing

PRESS ADVISORY When: Monday, October 27 – 10 a.m. press conference Issue: Ex-offenders who work with local re-entry service providers will take the opportunity to apply for subsidized housing starting Monday, when the Chicago Housing Authority reopens its waitlists. Where: 5th Floor Chicago City Hall, followed by the group walking to CHA headquarters, 60 E….

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Education Committee parents speak up about CPS proposal to oversimplify its homeless education policy

Today our Education Committee used its voice at the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Board of Education meeting. During the board’s public comment session, three recently homeless parents from the CCH Education Committee spoke up about the city schools’ proposed update of its policy on serving homeless students — with 22,144 homeless students identified last school…

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Raise Illinois coalition to launch largest early-voting campaign in state’s history to raise the minimum wage

Community Groups Plan to Knock Over 300,000 Doors During Early Voting Period Advocates Urge All Illinoisans to Vote to Raise the Minimum Wage to Support Working Families Saturday, October 18, at 12 noon, the Raise Illinois coalition will hold a press conference to launch a major two-week ‘get-out-the-early-vote’ initiative targeting communities of color, low-wage workers,…

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Mayor’s 2015 budget includes $1.25 million increase for shelter beds and homeless services

In his 2015 city budget plan unveiled today, Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed a $1.25 million increase for shelter beds and homeless services. Of that, $750,000 will fund 75 new shelter beds to meet the growing demand for emergency shelter for families. The other $500,000 will fund comprehensive supportive services to help homeless people address issues…

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