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2015 Scholarship Winners (from left): Aja Lowrey, T’Prinn Ingram, Jennessa Martinez, Amanda Sepulveda and Catherine Jones

CCH names five new winners of $2,500-a-year college scholarships

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) has awarded $2,500-a-year college scholarships to five students who succeeded in high school while coping with homelessness. Also commended were 13 past winners, rising sophomores, juniors and seniors, who also receive $2,500 renewal awards. By next school year, CCH will have awarded more than $240,000 to 50 students since…

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Wednesday, June 24: Evening prayer vigil in Aurora on state budget crisis

Who: 200+ suburban clergy and homeless advocates What: State budget protest and prayer vigil in Aurora When: Wednesday, June 24, at 7 p.m. Where: The parking lot by Hesed House, 659 S. River Street in Aurora More than 200 clergy, homeless and community advocates from churches, small businesses, and organizations in St. Charles, Aurora, Bolingbrook…

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Wednesday, June 24: Human service providers to warn Gov. Rauner, lawmakers of July service cuts and layoffs

Working with the Responsible Budget Coalition, human service providers will gather at the Thompson Center at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday to warn  Gov. Rauner and lawmakers that their failure to enact a responsible budget by next week will result in immediate cuts to childcare, services for sexual assault and domestic violence survivors, mental health, homeless prevention, jobs…

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Tuesday, June 23, 7 p.m.: Rockford prayer vigil

Who: Rockford clergy, community and homeless advocates What: State budget protest and prayer vigil in front of Winnebago County Jail When: Tuesday, June 23, at 7 p.m. Where: Winnebago County Jail at the corner of S. State and W. Winnebago streets On Tuesday, clergy, homeless and community advocates from churches and organizations in Rockford and…

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CCH Leaders with State Sen. John G. Mulroe

State budget impasse – the urgent need for Illinois to raise revenue

By Jennifer Cushman, Policy Specialist The Illinois General Assembly adjourned May 31 with a “spending plan” for FY16 but without the revenue needed to support that plan, leaving the state budget incomplete. This plan includes funding reductions for housing and homeless services that are minimal compared to the disastrous cuts recommended in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s…

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Medicaid recipients can get prescription filled even if unable to pay co-payment fee

By Graham Bowman, Equal Justice Works youth health attorney I recently assisted a homeless youth who was illegally denied a prescribed asthma inhaler because she was unable to pay a co-payment fee. Have you ever faced a situation like Dana’s? Dana, 23, lives in a large homeless shelter in Chicago. She must leave the facility by…

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Horizons showcases poetry by shelter residents

Horizons creative writing workshop presented its yearly poetry showcase at Chicago’s Intuit art gallery, 756 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Shelter-based families who have written poetry and prose shared their work during the June 18 evening showcase. Many shared the first poetry they ever wrote, as well as reflections of their experiences with homelessness. Participating were residents…

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Responding to Ald. James Cappleman’s claims about CCH and serving homeless people

By Victoria Dempsey, Loyola University summer law intern, and Senior Counsel Laurene Heybach Tensions have surfaced again in the Uptown neighborhood over the growing number of homeless people living under the Wilson and Lawrence Avenue viaducts. In response to neighborhood concerns at the “State of Uptown” luncheon May 27, Chicago Ald. James Cappleman criticized the…

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Fight for $15 – three CCH leaders explain why they speak out

Interviews and photos by Shruti Sharma On May 20, outside the McDonald’s headquarters in Oak Brook, several thousand people came together in the escalating campaign of our times, Fight for $15. Launched two years ago, the nationwide campaign seeks to increase base wages to $15 an hour, including the right for fast food workers to form…

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On Chicago Loop Alliance’s new tactics regarding homeless people

CCH sent the following letter on May 27 to the Chicago Loop Alliance, taking issue with its new campaign regarding interactions with homeless people downtown. The campaign is described in a story on, “Don’t Give to Panhandlers, Give to Charities, New Loop Campaign Advises.” Michael M. Edwards, President & CEO Chicago Loop Alliance 27 East Monroe…

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