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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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CCH Reentry Project advocates for job access bills for people with records

By Jonathan Holmes, Policy Specialist Staff and community leaders with our Reentry Project are advocating for four job access bills that would help people with criminal records — bills that are progressing with strong bi-partisan support in Springfield. CCH’s Reentry Project is part of the Restoring Rights and Opportunities Coalition of Illinois (RROCI), a coalition of leaders and…

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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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Youth and service providers protest inside the Executive Mansion

As the budget crisis ravages social services across Illinois, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless traveled to Springfield with more than 100 homeless youths, high school students, and service providers. The group protested both inside and outside the Executive Mansion to bring attention to their message: “Governor Rauner needs to support legislation that would immediately release funding to ensure homeless youth have a place to lay their heads at night.”

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April 2: Conference on Community Benefits Agreements

Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) are contractual agreements between community organizations and real estate developers, requiring them to provide jobs, housing and other benefits to the community. Four CBA campaigns are underway in Chicago. This conference brings together leaders of Chicago area coalitions to share experiences and learn from national experts. It is sponsored by community groups…

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School Fees Top Module

School fee waivers can be secured for homeless and low-income students

Now that spring has arrived, students in Illinois look forward to special school activities, including graduation, senior luncheons and end-of-the year field trips.
Every year the Law Project receives many calls from low-income students and families who are being pressured by their schools to pay hundreds of dollars in fees before graduation or year-end.

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If you’re homeless, what to do to vote in the March 15 primary election

By Niya Kelly, CCH Policy Specialist Illinois residents who are homeless have the right to vote in the Tuesday, March 15 primary election even if they are not yet registered to vote. You are considered homeless if you are living on the street, in shelters, or doubled-up in the homes of others. The following explains…

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Citing the Illinois homeless bill of rights, the city of Chicago is sued on behalf of homeless man

March 8 – Attorneys from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and their co-counsels have sued the city of Chicago for illegally destroying property, including prescriptions, belonging to a homeless man living on the street on the Near West Side. This is the first case filed under the newly enacted Illinois Bill of Rights for…

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