Action Alert: Tell Gov. Rauner to oppose the latest ACA repeal bill

With the Graham-Cassidy repeal bill moving fast, we need your help to stop this new effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. If an Obamacare repeal bill passes with a simple majority in the U.S. Senate next week, it is expected to sail through the GOP-led U.S. House.

Millions would lose health insurance coverage under Graham-Cassidy, a bill many are calling the most harmful repeal measure yet. Homeless and low-income adults would immediately lose coverage in Medicaid expansion states, including Illinois. It would eliminate insurance subsidies paid to moderate-income workers who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid. Over time, families and children could also lose coverage. Illinois is projected to lose $8 billion in federal Medicaid funding by 2026, $153 billion by 2036.  Continue reading Action Alert: Tell Gov. Rauner to oppose the latest ACA repeal bill

Senior Organizer Rachel Ramirez offers training in Central Europe

Rachel Ramirez offers organizer training in Hungary

Senior Community Organizer Rachel Ramirez traveled to Hungary, Romania and Slovakia this month, training and collaborating with service providers interested in learning more about community organizing.

The Great Lakes Consortium (GLC) for International Training and Development offers the organizing exchange between the U.S. and Central Europe.  Continue reading Senior Organizer Rachel Ramirez offers training in Central Europe

Lawsuit will continue that contends Uptown viaduct redesign discriminates against homeless people

Attorneys for homeless residents evicted from living in tents under the Wilson and Lawrence avenue viaducts will continue a lawsuit contesting the discriminatory redesign of Uptown viaducts, now undergoing reconstruction.

At a court hearing Monday, attorneys that include the CCH Law Project withdrew a request for a temporary restraining order, noting that the issue was moot because the hearing was set several hours after the city carried out the 7 a.m. eviction.

The lawsuit contends the re-design violates the Illinois Homeless Bill of Rights because it “discriminates against (viaduct residents) solely because they are homeless. The city’s current design plans were drawn with the purpose of intentionally preventing plaintiffs and other homeless individuals from returning to the viaducts after the repairs are complete.”  Continue reading Lawsuit will continue that contends Uptown viaduct redesign discriminates against homeless people

Monday press conference: City to evict Uptown viaduct residents with no alternative

WHEN: Monday, September 18, 7 a.m.

WHAT: Press conference convened by homeless encampment residents of the viaducts on Lake Shore Drive at Wilson and Lawrence avenues. Residents received a 30-day notice that they must vacate the premises by September 18 at 7 a.m. due to viaduct repairs.

Residents who will be displaced have been calling for a housing alternative as well as a re-design of the viaducts that does not discriminate against homeless people. The current re-design puts bike lanes on the sidewalks, which is less safe for pedestrians, bikes, and cars, and which is discriminatory toward homeless people. The city has met neither of these demands.

Residents will speak to the press about their campaign, the city’s lack of response, and their plans moving forward.

At 10:30 a.m. Monday, residents will be in Courtroom 2508 of the Daley Center regarding their complaint filed by CCH against the city of Chicago, pursuant to the Illinois Bill of Rights for the Homeless Act.

WHERE: Wilson Avenue and Lake Shore Drive

WHO: Homeless residents of the Wilson and Lawrence viaducts, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH), and ONE Northside

For more information:

Mary Tarullo, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless: mary@chicagohomeless.org

Angelica Sanchez, ONE Northside: asanchez@onenorthside.org

 

CCH continues Riot Fest partnership this weekend

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is proud to be the official charity partner for Riot Fest Chicago, for the sixth year in a row. The three-day music festival and carnival will hold its 12th Chicago extravaganza this Friday through Sunday, Sept. 18 – 20, in Chicago’s Douglas Park, at Roosevelt Road and California Avenue.  Continue reading CCH continues Riot Fest partnership this weekend

New youth health attorney, Equal Justice Works fellow join the legal staff

The Law Project at CCH welcomed two attorneys to its legal team in September.

From left, Alyssa Phillips and Tanya Gassenheimer (Photo by Claire Sloss)

Tanya T. Gassenheimer serves as the Youth Futures health attorney. Alyssa Phillips holds a two-year Equal Justice Works fellowship, focused on assisting children and teens facing educational barriers.  Continue reading New youth health attorney, Equal Justice Works fellow join the legal staff

Homeless Uptown viaduct residents file lawsuit against the city

Complaint contends city redesign of viaducts discriminates against homeless people

Homeless residents of the Uptown Wilson and Lawrence viaducts, through their attorneys, filed a lawsuit against the city of Chicago on Thursday. Plaintiffs Carol Aldape and Thomas Gordon, supported by attorneys from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP, and Uptown People’s Law Center, argue that the city’s re-design of the viaducts violates the Illinois Homeless Bill of Rights because it “discriminates against them solely because they are homeless.”  Continue reading Homeless Uptown viaduct residents file lawsuit against the city

New Illinois law allows school transportation funds to be reallocated for homeless student housing

By Cydney Salvador, Media Intern

An Illinois bill permitting the use of educational funds to secure housing for homeless children has been signed into law.

House Bill 261 will allow school districts to reallocate funds dedicated to homeless students’ transportation costs to instead pay for housing assistance, rent, and security deposits. CCH endorsed the measure, sponsored by State Rep. Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg). Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the bill on August 25. Continue reading New Illinois law allows school transportation funds to be reallocated for homeless student housing

Homeless students have special rights to school enrollment, transportation and fee waivers

By Patricia Nix-Hodes, Director of The Law Project at CCH

As students head back to school, it’s important to point out that children and teens without housing have special rights to school enrollment, transportation and school fee waivers.   Continue reading Homeless students have special rights to school enrollment, transportation and fee waivers

Governor signs two statewide measures to assist homeless and at-risk youth

Two of three CCH bills to assist homeless youth — a legislative package called Three Steps Home — have been signed into law.

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed two bills, Housing for Homeless Minors (HB3212) and Increasing Access to Counseling Services (HB3709), on August 18. Both take effect January 1, 2018.

The governor issued an amendatory veto of a third bill, Food Insecurity on College Campuses (HB3211),  though he approved the key provision to provide SNAP for low-income vocational students. CCH and its allies will advocate for this measure in a new bill next legislative session.

Also, a bill to provide no-fee birth records to homeless youth and adults (House Bill 3060) awaits approval or veto by the governor. No-fee birth records was proposed by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and advocated by State Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago) and Cook County Clerk David Orr’s office. Cook County adopted a similar countywide measure April 12.  Continue reading Governor signs two statewide measures to assist homeless and at-risk youth