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Charles leads and serves today, Charlese prepares for tomorrow

Almost 25 years ago, Charles Jenkins made a vow to turn his life around. Charles went on to become one of the longest serving community leaders at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. And whenever he can include her, the devoted father brings along his youngest child, Charlese. “When she asks if she can come…

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Every Child in School, Every Day hosts Tilden and Prosser students for holiday party

As part of the Every Child in School, Every Day school outreach project, Chase Bank volunteers partnered with our Law Project to host a holiday party for students from Chicago’s Prosser and Tilden high schools. Eighteen students who work with homeless liaisons at Tilden and Prosser enjoyed Lou Malnati’s pizza on the 56th floor of…

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Homeless Persons’ Memorial Service at Old St. Pat’s Tonight

On Thursday, December 18, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) will co-host a beautiful candlelight vigil and memorial service to honor Chicagoans who have died without a home. The free service will be at 6:30 p.m., at Old St. Pat’s Catholic Church, 700 W. Adams St. Co-hosting the beautiful evening service are Old St….

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CCH welcomes Policy Fellow Jonathan Holmes

In mid-November, CCH welcomed its newest staff member, Policy Fellow Jonathan Holmes. In his first three weeks, Jonathan made two trips to Springfield, working with Policy Specialist Jennifer Cushman and 140 CCH community leaders in advocating for the minimum wage and homeless shelter/program funding. Jonathan holds degrees in social work, earning a master’s from the…

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Chicago For All celebrates city’s new SRO preservation ordinance

The Chicago For All coalition celebrated passage of the Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Preservation ordinance Monday night in Uptown.  The event was attended by many leaders from ONE Northside, the campaign’s lead organization, as well as staff from partner groups and several key staff from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office. CCH’s Eithne McMenamin and Julie Dworkin were…

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A Stronger Illinois: We Are a Stronger Illinois When We Prevent Homelessness

Illinois families and communities are stronger when we prevent children and adults from
becoming homeless and when families who are homeless obtain secure, permanent housing.

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National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week: Inspired by her parents, and those who helped her during 9 years of homelessness

The last of our daily essay from interns and staff during National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week. My name is Anita Strange-Rebecchi. As part of earning my master’s in social work from Chicago State University, I am interning with the community organizing department at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH). I have an understanding…

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National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week: A legal aid career inspired by the civil rights movement

The latest of our daily essays by those who work at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. By Rene Heybach, Senior Counsel of the Law Project Why work to end homelessness? For me I took seriously the Catholic teaching of my youth: to care for others, most especially the poor. That imperative was fleshed out…

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CCH talks to veto-session legislators about youth homelessness

  More than 50 guests, including 12 legislators, participated in a Springfield reception about youth homelessness, hosted by CCH staff and leaders Wednesday. The evening featured a 15-minute clip from the new Chicago-based documentary The Homestretch, followed by a panel that included teens who have been homeless and educators who work with homeless students. “We…

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National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week: Why I study organizing at CCH

The latest of our daily essays by those who work at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. By Rebecca Stack, Community Organizing Intern As a student who has had previous internship experience at other sites, I am very happy with the learning environment that CCH provides. All of the staff are very knowledgeable in their…

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