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Raise Illinois coalition to launch largest early-voting campaign in state’s history to raise the minimum wage

Community Groups Plan to Knock Over 300,000 Doors During Early Voting Period Advocates Urge All Illinoisans to Vote to Raise the Minimum Wage to Support Working Families Saturday, October 18, at 12 noon, the Raise Illinois coalition will hold a press conference to launch a major two-week ‘get-out-the-early-vote’ initiative targeting communities of color, low-wage workers,…

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Mayor’s 2015 budget includes $1.25 million increase for shelter beds and homeless services

In his 2015 city budget plan unveiled today, Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed a $1.25 million increase for shelter beds and homeless services. Of that, $750,000 will fund 75 new shelter beds to meet the growing demand for emergency shelter for families. The other $500,000 will fund comprehensive supportive services to help homeless people address issues…

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Chicago Housing Authority to open waitlists for online applications October 27

Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) will open its waitlists to new applicants on Monday, October 27 – and for the first time, people can apply for three waitlist lotteries using one online registration form. All applications must be completed online at (Please note, this web page is not functional currently). Applicants can apply for Housing…

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Voter registration: Grace period registration now available

Those who have not yet registered to vote in the Tuesday, Nov. 4 election can register during “grace period” registration allowed in Illinois. For more information about registering in Chicago, information is available from the Chicago Board of Elections. Information about registering in suburban Cook County is available from Cook County Clerk David Orr’s office….

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Report: $3.3 Million in Federal Funding Cuts Harm Chicago’s Pledge to End Homelessness

In June 2014, homeless service providers in Chicago learned that the worst-case scenario had come to pass: 12 of the 15 supportive services programs that help homeless and at-risk Chicagoans had all of their federal funding cut by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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CCH honors Michael Heaton and Mike Bagley at Leadership Circle screening & panel for The Homestretch

CCH honored two of its dedicated volunteers Monday, kicking off a Leadership Circle event that also featured screening The Homestretch, a new documentary on the lives of three unaccompanied youths in Chicago. Michael Heaton and Mike Bagley were honored for 11 years of volunteer work on behalf of CCH. Their extensive efforts include founding and…

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CCH campaigns to raise $59,112 for work with homeless youth

Can you help? CCH hosted supporters at a premiere-run screening of The Homestretch at the Gene Siskel Film Center. At the Sept. 15 event, we launched the Hopestretch for homeless youth, an exciting two-month campaign to raise $59,112 – the number of students identified as homeless by Illinois public schools last year. This funding supports…

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Sweet Home Chicago celebrates first apartments ready for lease to low-income households

Sweet Home Chicago is celebrating! The first apartment building to be rehabbed with city grant assistance from the TIF Purchase-Rehab program is being leased in the Lawndale neighborhood to low-income households. Available for implementation since mid-2012, the TIF Purchase-Rehab Program has so far allocated $1 million in each of four tax-increment financing (TIF) districts. The…

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3 CCH leaders explain why they ‘Fight for 15′

Jimmy Lacy interviewed several of the homeless workers who joined 65 CCH leaders at yesterday’s Fight for 15 protests. With photos by Shruti Sharma Brenda Starks “If you don’t stand up and say something, no one can read your mind, so they’re not going to hear what you need. You have to say something.” This…

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Leader Yaodi Hu: We are Fighting for the Fifteen

Men from St. Leonard’s Ministries and San Jose Obrero Mission interim shelters joined forces Sept. 4 to support Fight For 15. They were among 65 CCH leaders and staff who participated in the protest on the South Side. Many of these leaders feel that low wages are a main barrier to getting out of homelessness,…

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