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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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National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week: Now a grad student, her family was impacted by public housing

The latest of our daily essays by those who work at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. By Caitlin Cubbon, Public Policy Intern I grew up in a small suburban town about 45 minutes outside of Detroit. The sort of town where kids get busted for smoking cigarettes underage and where having a hint of…

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National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week: Experiencing homelessness after my family left Mexico

  During National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, CCH will offer a daily essay by people who work with us, writing about what inspires their work. By Gabriela Munoz, Community Organizing intern I am Mexican born and raised in a small town of Guanajuato, Mexico. I grew up in a humble family. I came to…

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Chicago Housing Authority Board to pilot select ex-offender access housing

November 18: The Chicago Housing Authority Board has voted to pilot a program to allow select ex-offenders to access public housing. The Reentry Project at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) proposed the program, and has worked two years to persuade local housing authorities to pilot it. Meanwhile, the pilot was adopted in August…

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National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week: What inspires me to volunteer

During National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week, CCH will offer a daily essay by people who work with us, writing about what inspires their work. By Melissa Haggerty, Speakers Bureau intern For a majority of my childhood, I was raised by a single mother. We lived “doubled up” with my grandparents in Garfield Ridge, on…

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Poem by leader Yaodi Hu: Take Back Our City

Yaodi Hu, a community leader from San Jose Obrero Mission, wrote this poem after he and 84 other CCH leaders participated with more than 700 others in the “Take Back Chicago” march on November 11. Did God disapprove our rowdy play? Oh, Lord Why did you pour raining on the Veterans Day? We no longer…

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CCH campaign raises more than $34,000 for work with homeless youth

After hosting a premiere-run screening of The Homestretch in September, CCH launched “Hopestretch for homeless youth.”  This exciting, two-month campaign concluded November 10. With the support of 48 volunteer fundraisers, the campaign raised $34,661 from more than 450 individual donors, with final donations still coming in. Donations will support our work to end youth homelessness, including…

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