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Advocating for ex-offender job access in House Bill 494

Advocating for a jobs access bill, a group of 16 advocates, attorneys and formerly incarcerated community leaders traveled to Springfield Wednesday. Working with Cabrini Green Legal Aid and the Community Renewal Society, the CCH Reentry Project spoke to legislators about House Bill 494, which would remove lifetime barriers to employment in schools for people with…

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CCH gearing up for the Chicago Marathon

Calling all runners: CCH is forming a team to run the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 11. Because CCH is unable to participate as an official affiliated charity this year, all who are interested in joining our team will register through the marathon lottery, which opens on Tuesday, March 10 at 12…

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More than 12,500 Illinois households would be hurt by homeless service cutbacks in Rauner budget

This includes updated information on supportive housing services and state wards age 18 and older. The impact of state cutbacks proposed for all homeless services is more than double what was originally reported. By Jennifer Cushman & Jonathan Holmes of the CCH Public Policy staff Gov. Bruce Rauner’ state budget plan for FY16, released Feb….

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Equal Justice Works attorney on the state’s new minor consent to health care law

By Graham Bowman Equal Justice Works Fellow at CCH As a Legal Aid Committee panelist invited to discuss significant developments this past year, I talked last week about drafting a 2014 state law that allows unaccompanied Illinois minors the right to consent to their own health care. I told the Chicago Bar Association committee of…

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DuPage & Kane county residents sign 1,284 letters opposing state cuts to homeless services

Mobilized by CCH’s Statewide Network, almost 1,300 letters signed by residents of suburban DuPage and Kane counties were delivered Friday afternoon to the Chicago office of Gov. Bruce Rauner. The letters ask the governor not to cut vital homeless services in the FY16 budget plan that Gov. Rauner will unveil Wednesday. More than 900 letters…

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CCH celebrates settlement of sweeps case that helps those who live on the street

February 11 – Today CCH celebrated settlement of a legal case that resulted in a new city policy that protects homeless people who weather living outdoors on Lower Wacker Drive and under the Wilson Avenue viaduct. Four clients joined a lunch celebration hosted by CCH staff and leaders. Also thanked were four attorneys who donated…

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Education Committee meets with Chicago school officials to talk policy reform

By Jim Lacy, Media Volunteer Last week the CCH Education Committee participated in three key meetings with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) officials to advocate for a stronger districtwide policy to protect homeless students. Meetings were held with the Jesse Ruiz, vice president of the Chicago Board of Education, and Aarti Dhupelia, chief officer for College…

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Chicago’s waiting list for permanent supportive housing reaches 20,546 households

By Julie Dworkin, CCH Director of Policy In 2012, the Chicago Continuum of Care launched a new waiting list for homeless people in Chicago wanting to access permanent housing options. The list, called the Central Referral System or CRS, rates heads of household according to a “Vulnerability Index” which puts those most vulnerable at the…

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New guidebook offers practical information on complex legal issues faced by homeless youth living in Illinois

The new Homeless Youth Handbook is now available online at A 17-chapter guidebook, it was written in collaboration with attorneys from the Baker & McKenzie law firm, United Airlines, and CCH. “This is a valuable guide for homeless youth, including unaccompanied youth living without the support of a parent or guardian, as well as…

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New city policy provides greater protection and services for homeless people living on Chicago’s streets

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) has reached a new agreement with the city of Chicago to: (1) protect the right of homeless persons living on Lower Wacker Drive and under the Wilson Avenue viaduct at Lake Shore Drive to retain their vital possessions free from seizure and disposal by the city while ensuring the…

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