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Wed., April 26: Free legal and ID clinic for homeless youth

A free legal and ID clinic for homeless youth, ages 14 through 24, will be offered Wednesday, April 26. Clinic hours will be 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Hosted by Teen Living Programs, 5501 S. Indiana Avenue, the clinic will be staffed by the Youth Futures mobile legal clinic at the Chicago Coalition for the…

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CCH releases new findings on ‘doubled-up’ homeless families, city pledges new housing resources to help 100 families

A new analysis by Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) shows that 82% of homeless people in Chicago in 2015 sought shelter with relatives and friends, also known as being “doubled-up.” CCH’s report was released Thursday as its HomeWorks campaign joined the city of Chicago in announcing the city’s new school-based housing initiative. The Housing…

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Ed Shurna to be honored at April 30 event

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is proud to report that retired executive director Ed Shurna will be honored at an April Sunday brunch event benefitting the Harmony, Hope & Healing Choir. The event will be Sunday, April 30, 12:30 p.m., at Galleria Marchetti, 825 W. Erie St., Chicago. Tickets to Heart Beat 2017 are available…

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CCH advocates three legislative measures to assist homeless and at-risk youth

By Niya Kelly, Policy Specialist Homeless youth face unique barriers to securing safe housing and services. Because of their age and circumstances, services are often limited. The Homeless Youth Committee, Law Project, and public policy department at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless are collaborating with advocates statewide to introduce legislation that would provide homeless youth the…

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Many thanks! You helped stop repeal of the Affordable Care Act

Many thanks to our supporters! You joined untold thousands of Americans who phoned, emailed, rallied and posted in strong opposition to the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican bill to repeal Pres. Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA). Unable to muster enough Republican votes, House Speaker Paul Ryan, after conferring with Pres. Trump, pulled the…

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Rachel Ramirez selected for Cultivate leadership program

Senior Organizer Rachel Ramirez was selected recently to participate in Cultivate, a yearlong mentorship program for women of color leaders. Rachel, 27, organizes homeless Chicagoans through community reentry programs and shelters serving Spanish-speaking youth, families and adults. A Chicago Posse Foundation scholar who graduated from Pomona College, Rachel worked full-time while earning a master’s degree…

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CCH, reentry coalition advocate to limit barriers triggered by background checks

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) is advocating for two statewide reentry measures that would limit the barrier to jobs, housing and higher education that are triggered by a criminal background check. The CCH Reentry Project partners in the Restoring Rights and Opportunities Coalition of Illinois (RROCI), organized in 2015 by CCH, Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Community Renewal…

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Eithne McMenamin leaves CCH to head up Chicago Cottages, a ‘tiny homes’ project

By Eithne McMenamin Associate Director of Policy As my time at CCH draws to a close, I’m feeling a mixture of emotions. I’m excited for my new venture as well as nervous as to what the future holds, and also a little sad that I’m leaving such a great organization. I’m as proud to be…

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CCH statement on Governor Rauner’s 2017 state budget address

February 15 – Illinois needs a budget that reflects who we are  – a state that wants to give everyone the opportunity to contribute to the greater good. Today Governor Bruce Rauner introduced a budget that fails to meet this standard. Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is disappointed that the governor continues to prioritize non-budget items over the needs of families,…

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CCH joins groups in opposing cutbacks to federal nutrition programs

CCH recently joined 126 other Illinois organizations on an open letter urging Illinois congressmen to protect federal nutrition programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs (NSLP). A related letter, signed by 139 groups, was sent Feb. 13 to Gov. Bruce Rauner. These nutrition programs reduce hunger and poverty, improve health…

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