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College scholarship applications due May 1

CCH college scholarship applications for 2014, including two references, must be submitted online or received in the mail by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 1. Up to five students who have experienced homelessness will be awarded $2,000 annual scholarships in June. The scholarships are renewable as students pursue their bachelor’s degree. In the program’s 10…

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Aurora University hosts CCH in two panel discussions today

CCH staff and leaders are pleased to participate today in two events at Aurora University. At 4 p.m., members of CCH’s McKinney-Vento Committee will talk to education students and faculty about the 20-year impact of the state’s homeless education law – “Removing Barriers for Students Without Housing in Illinois: 20 Years of Charlie’s Law.” Panelists…

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House OKs CCH bill to allow unaccompanied minors to consent to non-emergency medical care

A bill that would allow unaccompanied minors to consent to their own health care for non-emergency illnesses and injuries was sent to the Illinois Senate after passing the House Tuesday in a 113-0 vote. Graham Bowman, an Equal Justice Works attorney at CCH, drafted the bill to amend the Minors Consent to Medical Procedures Act….

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Hopefest 2014: Old 97′s

Heard the news on WXRT? Old 97’s will headline our 22nd annual Hopefest concert, Saturday, June 21 at the Park West. Tickets for the show went on sale here on Saturday, April 5 at 12 noon. General admission tickets are $30, with reserved seats $75. Fans of the group are looking forward to hearing songs…

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Last day to enroll for ACA health insurance, but Medicaid enrollment will be ongoing

March 31 was the last day to enroll for health insurance through the new Affordable Care Act marketplace, until a re-enrollment period opens next Nov. 15. People in Illinois who are uninsured and earn over $16,000 a year could purchase health insurance plans at  This coverage comes with large subsides from the federal government…

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Mayor and CHA chief support CCH Re-Entry Project’s Family Reunification Pilot

Mayor Emanuel announced today a pilot program between the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and three service providers from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) Re-entry Project Committee that will allow select program participants with criminal backgrounds to access CHA housing. The Family Reunification Pilot, for which CCH has been advocating since 2012, would allow…

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Gov. Quinn includes $3 million in FY15 budget plan for homeless students

CCH applauds Gov. Quinn’s decision to include $3 million in his proposed FY15 education budget to provide tutoring, transportation, and support services for homeless children and teens to help them succeed in school. This funding has not been included in the state budget since FY09, when grants were provided to 36 school districts throughout the…

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CCH survey shows more than half of Illinois homeless students lack needed school services

CCH has released findings from a statewide survey of public school districts: More than half of homeless students in Illinois must cope without needed tutoring, preschool or school counseling. After months of advocacy by CCH, the Illinois State Board of Education and Gov. Quinn proposed to restore $3 million in state grants to fund school…

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Media advisory: Pastors & others deliver 700 more letters to restore homeless education and prevention grants

Who: 20 Chicago and suburban pastors, church members and homeless advocates What: Protest and deliver another 700 letters to Gov. Quinn asking to restore state funds for homeless students and families When: Monday, March 24 at 10 a.m. Where: Thompson Center, 1st floor, 100 W. Randolph Street On Monday, 20 pastors, church members and homeless…

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March 24 memorial to celebrate the life of Stephanie Hooker

While they mourn, leaders and staff at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless are celebrating the life of Stephanie Hooker, a community leader, founding member of its Speakers Bureau, and a CCH Board member. Stephanie died at home March 5. A long-time resident of Deborah’s Place on the West Side, Stephanie moved into a nearby…

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