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Chicago passes Airbnb ordinance, first-time funding stream for homeless services

By a vote of 43-7, Chicago’s City Council passed an ordinance June 22 that regulates Airbnb and other home-sharing services. The ordinance regulates short-term home rentals by requiring registration, licensing, and data sharing. The new ordinance includes a 4% surcharge dedicated to funding supportive services and housing for homeless families as well as people who have…

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CCH presents its 2016 college scholarship winners

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and its Law Project has awarded renewable $2,500 college scholarships to five students who succeeded in high school while coping with homelessness. Funded by private donors and grants, CCH has already awarded more than $235,000 to 50 students since 2004. Presented on June 23, the 2016 scholarship winners are Nia Hill,…

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State budget impasse: CCH keeps pressing, urges support for SB2038 emergency funding bill

The Illinois legislative session came to an end May 31 without state officials passing a budget for a record-setting second year in a row. No state in recent memory has ever gone this long without a budget, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Legislators and Gov. Bruce Rauner left Springfield this week promising to…

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Responsible Budget Coalition: On the failure of state leaders to reach another budget agreement

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is a partner in the Responsible Budget Coalition.  Springfield – The regular session of the General Assembly ended last night at midnight and there was no agreement reached on a fiscal year 2016 or fiscal year 2017 budget. There is some indication that negotiations will continue during June in order…

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Reentry job access bills progress in Springfield

By Jonathan Holmes, Policy Specialist Updated May 31 Staff and community leaders with our Reentry Project are advocating in Springfield for four job access bills that would help people with old criminal records. Progressing with strong bi-partisan support, three bills impacting job opportunities in schools, park districts and in health care were enacted by legislators this…

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Kudos to Niles West and Niles North high schools for a year of generous support

On Saturday, the high school students of Niles West and Niles North danced with determination at their 14th Annual Dance Marathon. Held in Niles North’s gymnasium, the marathon is eight hours long and the culmination of a collective fundraising effort that runs throughout the entire school year. Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is proud to be the marathon’s…

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Urge Gov. Rauner to sign $700M emergency funding bill for human service providers

Six days after passage by the Illinois House and Senate, a $700 million emergency funding bill to pay human service providers was delivered to Gov. Bruce Rauner for his approval or veto. Advocates fear Rauner will impose delays, or even refuse to sign the bill sent to him on May 18.  The governor has told the…

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Keith Freeman joins community organizing staff

Keith Freeman has joined the CCH staff as a community organizer, working with families and adults living in Chicago shelters. Before beginning his outreach work in late June, Keith will complete a 45-day orientation that involves interviewing 100 CCH allies and community leaders. Keith succeeds Dollie Brewer, a senior community organizer who retired after working…

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Chicago Public Schools’ new homeless education policy shaped by Education Committee and Law Project

Kudos to the Education Committee at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless — the leaders’ group advocated for 18 months for a strong, updated policy on homeless education within the Chicago Public Schools.

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Homeless youth ask Gov. Rauner’s neighbors to voice support for funding

By Claire Sloss, Assistant Development Director Homeless youth and program staff joined CCH outside some of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s nine luxury homes this morning, serving free coffee and urging his neighbors and passersby to voice their support for homeless youth funding. The governor owns two condos at 340 on the Park, a posh high-rise at 340 E….

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