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We are grateful to you for supporting our community organizers, policy experts and legal aid attorneys who are fighting to end the cycle of extreme poverty and homelessness. Together, we can ensure the development of effective solutions to the issues faced by the ever-growing number of homeless families, youth and adults. Join CCH as a member…

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Fighting to end hiring discrimination for people with records

Editor’s Note: On April 23, the full House voted to approve House Bill 494, sending to the Illinois Senate for consideration. April 16 – Advocating for an end to job discrimination and life-time hiring bans, a group of 39 advocates, attorneys, and formerly incarcerated community leaders traveled to Springfield on April 16. Working with Cabrini Green…

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American Educational Research Association honors CCH attorneys Patricia Nix-Hodes and Laurene Heybach

CCH legal aid attorneys Patricia Nix-Hodes and Laurene Heybach were honored Thursday by the American Educational Research Association. AERA’s Critical Educators for Social Justice presented the 2015 Community Advocacy Award to Ms. Nix-Hodes and Ms. Heybach during its annual conference in Chicago. The award recognizes community advocates who have made distinguished contributions to improve the…

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CCH legal staff offers outreach at 8 Chicago high schools

The legal staff at CCH met with several hundred Chicago Public Schools parents Wednesday, offering community outreach during “report card pickup day” at eight city high schools. Six staffers from our Law Project and Youth Futures mobile legal aid clinic were helped by three Loyola University law students. They offered outreach at Roberto Clemente, 1147…

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Good Friday: State suspends $300,000 “Assistance for the Homeless” grants

By Jennifer Cushman, Policy Specialist On Good Friday, April 3, Gov. Bruce Rauner announced the immediate suspension of grants for 22 state funded services, including “Assistance for Homeless” grants of $300,000. “Assistance for Homeless” is an income-tax check-off fund with an annual appropriations of $300,000. The amount of revenue generated annually is approximately half of…

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Responsible Budget Coalition: What the Good Friday service eliminations mean for Illinois communities

Editor’s Note: Chicago Coalition for the Homeless works in the Responsible Budget Coalition, a 200-member organization co-led with groups that include Voices for Illinois Children and the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. This statement was issued April 8. On Good Friday, April 3, pursuant to an executive order by Gov. Bruce Rauner, the…

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Training offered on new Illinois law allowing minor consent to health care

School-based health clinics throughout Illinois are adapting their policies to allow unaccompanied minors over the age of 14 to consent to their own health care, responding to a new law drafted and advocated by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH). Effective October 1, 2014, the new law amends the “Consent by Minors to Medical…

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Packed Senate hearing on Rauner budget cuts to human services

At a packed hearing Monday, vulnerable Illinois residents talked about the dire setbacks they would face under Gov. Bruce Rauner’s plan to slash human services by $423.8 million next year. Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) staff and 11 community leaders from Aurora and Waukegan attended the Chicago hearing, called by the Senate Appropriations Committee and chaired by Sen….

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CCH hosts Springfield breakfast for 30 legislators

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) hosted a legislative breakfast March 11, attended by 30 state legislators who learned more about homeless service programs across the state. We talked with 28 representatives and two senators from both parties about protecting vital homeless services from proposed cutbacks, including programs for homeless youth, emergency shelter and transitional…

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We headed to Springfield Wednesday – amidst a ‘Twitter storm’ – to advocate against homeless service cutbacks

A group of 137 shelter residents, homeless providers and students traveled to Springfield March 4 with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH). We talked to legislators about devastating cutbacks to homeless services proposed in Gov. Rauner’s FY16 state budget. The action day included a Twitter storm from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to protest the proposed…

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