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Reentry job access bills progress in Springfield

By Jonathan Holmes, Policy Specialist Updated May 26 Staff and community leaders with our Reentry Project are advocating this spring for four job access bills that would help people with old criminal records. The bills are progressing with strong bi-partisan support in Springfield, with a school jobs bill the first to be passed by legislators. The CCH Reentry…

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Kudos to Niles West and Niles North high schools for a year of generous support

On Saturday, the high school students of Niles West and Niles North danced with determination at their 14th Annual Dance Marathon. Held in Niles North’s gymnasium, the marathon is eight hours long and the culmination of a collective fundraising effort that runs throughout the entire school year. Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is proud to be the marathon’s…

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Urge Gov. Rauner to sign $700M emergency funding bill for human service providers

Six days after passage by the Illinois House and Senate, a $700 million emergency funding bill to pay human service providers was delivered to Gov. Bruce Rauner for his approval or veto. Advocates fear Rauner will impose delays, or even refuse to sign the bill sent to him on May 18.  The governor has told the…

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Keith Freeman joins community organizing staff

Keith Freeman has joined the CCH staff as a community organizer, working with families and adults living in Chicago shelters. Before beginning his outreach work in late June, Keith will complete a 45-day orientation that involves interviewing 100 CCH allies and community leaders. Keith succeeds Dollie Brewer, a senior community organizer who retired after working…

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Chicago Public Schools’ new homeless education policy shaped by Education Committee and Law Project

Kudos to the Education Committee at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless — the leaders’ group advocated for 18 months for a strong, updated policy on homeless education within the Chicago Public Schools.

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Homeless youth ask Gov. Rauner’s neighbors to voice support for funding

By Claire Sloss, Assistant Development Director Homeless youth and program staff joined CCH outside some of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s nine luxury homes this morning, serving free coffee and urging his neighbors and passersby to voice their support for homeless youth funding. The governor owns two condos at 340 on the Park, a posh high-rise at 340 E….

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CCH welcomes community organizing fellow from Hungary

April 27 – Chicago Coalition for the Homeless welcomes a community organizing fellow from Budapest, Hungary. Simon Molnár will spend four weeks working with CCH organizers and community leaders, the ninth central European fellow to be placed with CCH since 2012. Organizing fellows are placed through the Great Lakes Consortium (GLC) for International Training and Development,…

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30 helped by Youth Futures/Chase drop-in clinic at Center on Halsted

By Ali Heinen, Case Intake Coordinator CCH’s Youth Futures mobile legal aid clinic and the JPMorgan Chase legal department ran a Legal and Identification Clinic for homeless youth Wednesday afternoon. Hosted by the Center on Halsted, an LGBTQ community center in the Lakeview neighborhood, 20 Chase volunteers participated as a part of Chase’s National Day…

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Homeless youth bring stories of budget impasse to Gov. Rauner’s neighbors

What:  Homeless youth who keep their belongings in backpacks when living on the street will greet neighbors outside a high-rise that houses one of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s luxury homes. (This is the one he uses to store extra furniture.) When:  Thursday, April 28 – 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. Where:  Outside 340 on the Park – 340…

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Violent Femmes tickets sell out

A July benefit concert by the Violent Femmes has sold out! The group will perform Tuesday, July 12 at Chicago’s Concord Music Hall, 2047 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Tickets ($35) went on sale May 6. The 1,400 tickets sold out five days later. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. Net proceeds will…

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