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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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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 Chase volunteers partner to assist 28 homeless youths

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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CCH Executive Director Ed Shurna and Board Member Christopher Ward are ready to roll out to their assigned hole and begin the 2014 Golf Outing.

CCH golf outing set for August 10 at the Wilmette Golf Club

We are pleased to announce that the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless will host its 13th annual Charity Golf Outing in memory of Jack “Juancho” Donahue on Monday, August 10 at the Wilmette Golf Club. This event raises critical funds for an organization that leads the fight against extreme poverty in our community. Space and…

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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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2015 Scholarship Winners (from left): Aja Lowrey, T’Prinn Ingram, Jennessa Martinez, Amanda Sepulveda and Catherine Jones

CCH names five new winners of $2,500-a-year college scholarships

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) has awarded $2,500-a-year college scholarships to five students who succeeded in high school while coping with homelessness. Also commended were 13 past winners, rising sophomores, juniors and seniors, who also receive $2,500 renewal awards. By the 2015-16 year, CCH will have awarded more than $240,000 to 50 students since…

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Wednesday, June 24: Evening prayer vigil in Aurora on state budget crisis

Who: 200+ suburban clergy and homeless advocates What: State budget protest and prayer vigil in Aurora When: Wednesday, June 24, at 7 p.m. Where: The parking lot by Hesed House, 659 S. River Street in Aurora More than 200 clergy, homeless and community advocates from churches, small businesses, and organizations in St. Charles, Aurora, Bolingbrook…

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Wednesday, June 24: Human service providers to warn Gov. Rauner, lawmakers of July service cuts and layoffs

Working with the Responsible Budget Coalition, human service providers will gather at the Thompson Center at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday to warn  Gov. Rauner and lawmakers that their failure to enact a responsible budget by next week will result in immediate cuts to childcare, services for sexual assault and domestic violence survivors, mental health, homeless prevention, jobs…

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