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State Network succeeds at budget, housing advocacy

By Jim Picchetti, Senior Organizer of CCH’s State Network Five years ago, a perfect storm challenged the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless to start the State Network, now working in 11 suburbs and downstate communities. Federal funds from the stimulus package were drying up. Legislative allies told CCH it was more difficult to keep homeless issues…

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Honoring community and political leaders, CCH presents John Donahue and Les Brown awards

CCH hosted an Oct. 20 victory celebration to honor more than 40 community and political leaders who worked with the coalition to enact policies and legislation that betters the lives of people who are homeless. CCH presented the John “Juancho” Donahue Award to Unity Parenting and Counseling Center for its longtime organizing leadership on the…

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Chicago Bar Foundation: Honoring young legal aid attorneys, including CCH’s Graham Bowman

Five outstanding legal aid attorneys tonight became the final class of the Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellows, including CCH youth health attorney Graham Bowman. This program, in its tenth and final year, has made it more manageable for 50 legal aid lawyers to continue their careers in legal aid in the…

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Mayor’s Chicago budget includes new, increased or restored funding for affordable housing and services for homeless families

The 2017 city budget proposal released by Mayor Emanuel this week includes new, increased or restored funding for affordable housing and supportive services to homeless families, all budget issues advocated by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. This includes the Affordable Requirements Ordinance, amended in 2015 and fully enacted in fall 2016. The ordinance increases fees collected from developers that…

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CCH registers 400 homeless voters: What to do if you want to vote

CCH community organizers registered 400 homeless people to vote this fall, with outreach offered at more than 20 Chicago shelters and community sites. Grace period registration and same-day voting is available through Election Day, on Tuesday, November 8. Statewide, residents can go online to register themselves or update their registration through October 23, via the Illinois Board of Elections….

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CCH to participate in Bank of America Chicago Marathon

CCH is proud to be an affiliate charity for the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 8, 2017. We are recruiting our next Team to End Homelessness, offering a limited number of guaranteed entries to the race. Runners will be required to set a $1,000 minimum fundraising goal, to be raised online in conjunction with…

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Homelessness and motherhood

Taishi Neuman and Marilyn Escoe talk about their experiences with homelessness and motherhood. Though one might imagine only single adults experiencing homelessness, people living within families are half of Chicago’s homeless population. Thank you to StorpCorps for the photo and recording. If you would like to invite Taishi Neuman, Marilyn Escoe, or any members of…

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Cook County judge affirms homeless man can proceed with lawsuit citing the Illinois homeless bill of rights

A Cook County judge has ruled against dismissing a lawsuit filed by a homeless man whose belongings were thrown away by a city street crew. Attorneys from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and their co-counsels sued the city of Chicago in March for illegally destroying property, including vital prescriptions and blankets, belonging to Robert Henderson, 62,…

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CCH awards college scholarships to 20 students

On June 23, CCH awarded $2,500 renewable college scholarships to five new high school graduates who succeeded in school while coping with homelessness. We also presented $2,500 renewal awards to 15 upperclassmen. Thanks to the donors and foundations that fund these scholarships, 50 students received $235,000 through last school year. Filmed by Russ Constable Edited…

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Re-entry committee

Victory! Four reentry job-access bills signed into state law

Progressing with strong bi-partisan support, four bills impacting job opportunities in schools, park districts, and in health care were enacted by legislators. A school jobs bill was signed by Gov. Rauner on July 29, and the three other bills await his approval or veto.

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