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‘Sauce Boss’ cooks and performs for North Side men’s shelter

CCH teamed up with North Side Housing & Supportive Services to bring Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton to perform Tuesday evening for 30 men who live in North Side’s Uptown interim housing. The evening was planned by Senior Community Organizer Wayne Richard and Development Director Michael Nameche. A new outreach site for Wayne, North Side provides…

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Action Alert: On The Cusp – CHA Reentry Pilot

We are close to having our CHA Reentry Pilot approved and implemented by CHA and we need YOUR support! Speak out now. Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) will soon give final approval to pilot a housing access program proposed by the Reentry Project at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. We’re asking you to send a message…

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31 attend Speakers Bureau retreat in Evanston

Hosted by Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University, the CCH Speakers Bureau’s retreat drew 31 participants Monday evening — formerly homeless speakers, as well as representatives of the 182 students mobilized this past school year at 14 Chicago area high schools and colleges. “This was the best yearly retreat we’ve had since I’ve been here,”…

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HELLO Photo Exhibit Flyer 2014[2]

July 29 H.E.L.L.O. Photography Exhibit: Homeless and Formerly Homeless youth display their artwork

C.J. quietly lays two dozen photos on the table before him. Two are pictures of the park where the 24-year-old used to sleep. Several photos are graphic images of single words: Live, Give, Rest. But one photo jars Adrianna King, who is sitting next to him. For a moment Adrianna slips back into the past…

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CCH Organizer J.D. Klippenstein

CCH school outreach helps Tilden teens find their voice

Through outreach at shelters, school and drop-in programs, CCH community organizers and youth attorneys reach almost 6,000 people a year at 35 programs across Chicago. In a new effort, two organizers began working this year at Tilden Career Community Academy. More than 200 students at the South Side high school are homeless, exceeding 60% of…

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The Law Project names new director, associate director

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is pleased to announce important staffing changes in our Law Project, effective July 1. First, Patricia Nix-Hodes becomes the Director of the Law Project. Currently its associate director, Patricia has practiced poverty, civil rights and education law at CCH for more than 15 years, serving hundreds of families, youth and…

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(From left), Graham Bowman, Telva Urban, Sen. Heather Steans, and Jennifer Cushman

Gov. Quinn signs CCH bill to let unaccompanied minors consent to own non-emergency medical care

A bill authored and advocated by CCH to allow unaccompanied minors to consent to their own non-emergency health care has been signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn. The measure takes effect October 1. The Illinois House and Senate both voted unanimously for House Bill 4501. Graham Bowman, an Equal Justice Works attorney at CCH,…

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Eithne McMenamin: Data shows SROs are vital option to avoid homelessness

Below are my remarks from today’s press conference at City Hall. A coalition called Chicago For All announced the introduction of an ordinance to put a moratorium on SRO conversions and demolitions until a new city ordinance is developed. The coalition is led by ONE Northside, with partners that include CCH, Metropolitan Tenants Organization and…

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From left, Director and Associate Director of the CCH Law Project, Rene Heybach and Patricia Nix-Hodes, Law Project client Marilyn Escoe, with Sharlita Davis and Lela Cetoute

CCH and Chase volunteers kick off school outreach program, Every Child in School, Every Day

By Jennifer Betzen Longtime volunteers and some newcomers who work at JPMorgan Chase Bank gathered June 24 to kick off the sixth year of Every Child In School, Every Day, a collaborative volunteer effort between the bank and the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH). The kick-off luncheon drew 27 bank volunteers and CCH legal…

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State funding of homeless services maintained for FY15, but more work to be done

By Jennifer Cushman, Policy Specialist Illinois’s spring legislative session adjourned on May 31 with the passage of a “maintenance” state budget for FY15. Funding for housing and homeless services was maintained and even saw modest increases for the next fiscal year, but no legislation was passed to provide the revenue to support these priorities long-term….

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