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CCH to train organizing fellows from Bulgaria and Slovakia

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) is hosting two young professionals from Bulgaria and Slovakia, part of a six-week community organizing exchange between Central Europe and the U.S. This week CCH welcomed attorney Antoaneta Bozhikova from Bulgaria, and Zuzana Balazova, a Ph.D student and school social worker from Slovakia. The Great Lakes Consortium (GLC) for…

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Interns: Learning about homelessness while helping CCH

By Allegra Codamon, Summer Media Intern Most are back at school or on to new jobs, but the 13 interns who worked at CCH this summer say they learned much while assisting the public policy, organizing, legal and development staffs. They included Ryan Martin, a  junior majoring in theater and history at Northwestern University, and…

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Executive Director Ed Shurna to retire this fall

After 20 years of working on behalf of families, youth and adults who are coping with homelessness, our Executive Director, Ed Shurna announced in July his plans to retire this fall. Over 12 years, Ed’s caring leadership furthered the reach and impact of work done by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. Under his leadership, CCH…

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CCH rally tells state leaders: Resume funding homeless youth programs

State Budget Crisis is Endangering Safety of Homeless Youth Advocates call for the governor to choose revenue instead of endangering youth In a protest organized by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, about 130 homeless youths, service providers, and advocates rallied outside the Thompson Center Wednesday morning. We called on Gov. Bruce Rauner to work with the…

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Reentry advocates will resume push to enact a school jobs access bill

By Jonathan Holmes, Policy Specialist Following Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of House Bill 494, another version of the jobs access bill will be introduced this fall. Like the original bill, the measure would remove lifetime bans to employment within Illinois schools for people with a non-violent record. Rauner expressed full support for the substance of HB…

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West Side residents demand jobs via a Community Benefits Agreement with $300M redevelopment

Sept. 15 – Westside Community Benefits Coalition hosted a press conference and march today calling for a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) with the developer of a $300 million project that will bring hotels, retail and upscale housing to undeveloped land within the Illinois Medical District. Used in other cities, CBAs are contracts with developers, who in exchange…

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Join us at Rock Bottom Brewery

Join the CCH Associate Board for a night out at Rock Bottom on Thursday, Sept. 24! All Rocktoberfest beer sales —  from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.  — will benefit CCH, as well as a percentage of sales throughout the evening. There is no cover charge. Just tell the staff at the host stand that you…

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New report: Survey finds the state budget impasse is causing homelessness in Illinois

CCH, Housing Action Illinois and other advocates call for a responsible budget with adequate revenue. In a study released Thursday, a survey of 101 state-funded homeless service providers finds that the state budget impasse has forced, or will soon force, almost all of these nonprofit agencies – 90% – to deny assistance to people at-risk…

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CCH welcomes new staffer, Policy Specialist Niya Kelly

This week CCH welcomes our newest staff member, Policy Specialist Niya Kelly. Niya was educated at Loyola University Chicago. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s in women’s and gender studies, and a law degree. Niya has worked as a judicial staff attorney in the Cook County Juvenile Court and as an advocate for…

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CCH testifies on why Rauner’s proposed changes to the public benefits appeals process would hurt poor people

The Law Project at CCH requested that the state hold a public hearing on proposed changes to the appeals process used by the Illinois Department of Human Services. The changes proposed by the Rauner administration (Illinois Register, May 29)  would severely limit poor people’s ability to access public benefits they need, including Medicaid, SNAP food stamps, and…

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