Attorneys for homeless residents evicted from living in tents under the Wilson and Lawrence avenue viaducts will continue a lawsuit contesting the discriminatory redesign of Uptown viaducts, now undergoing reconstruction.
At a court hearing Monday, attorneys that include the CCH Law Project withdrew a request for a temporary restraining order, noting that the issue was moot because the hearing was set several hours after the city carried out the 7 a.m. eviction.
WHAT: Press conference convened by homeless encampment residents of the viaducts on Lake Shore Drive at Wilson and Lawrence avenues. Residents received a 30-day notice that they must vacate the premises by September 18 at 7 a.m. due to viaduct repairs.
Residents who will be displaced have been calling for a housing alternative as well as a re-design of the viaducts that does not discriminate against homeless people. The current re-design puts bike lanes on the sidewalks, which is less safe for pedestrians, bikes, and cars, and which is discriminatory toward homeless people. The city has met neither of these demands.
Residents will speak to the press about their campaign, the city’s lack of response, and their plans moving forward.
At 10:30 a.m. Monday, residents will be in Courtroom 2508 of the Daley Center regarding their complaint filed by CCH against the city of Chicago, pursuant to the Illinois Bill of Rights for the Homeless Act.
WHERE: Wilson Avenue and Lake Shore Drive
WHO: Homeless residents of the Wilson and Lawrence viaducts, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH), and ONE Northside
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is proud to be the official charity partner for Riot Fest Chicago, for the sixth year in a row. The three-day music festival and carnival will holdits 12th Chicago extravaganza this Friday through Sunday, Sept. 18 – 20, in Chicago’s Douglas Park, at Roosevelt Road and California Avenue. Continue reading CCH continues Riot Fest partnership this weekend
Complaint contends city redesign of viaducts discriminates against homeless people
Homeless residents of the Uptown Wilson and Lawrence viaducts, through their attorneys, filed a lawsuit against the city of Chicago on Thursday. Plaintiffs Carol Aldape and Thomas Gordon, supported by attorneys from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP, and Uptown People’s Law Center, argue that the city’s re-design of the viaducts violates the Illinois Homeless Bill of Rights because it “discriminates against them solely because they are homeless.” Continue reading Homeless Uptown viaduct residents file lawsuit against the city
Two of three CCH bills to assist homeless youth — a legislative package called Three Steps Home — have been signed into law.
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed two bills, Housing for Homeless Minors (HB3212) and Increasing Access to Counseling Services (HB3709), on August 18. Both take effect January 1, 2018.
The governor issued an amendatory veto of a third bill, Food Insecurity on College Campuses (HB3211), though he approved the key provision to provide SNAP for low-income vocational students. CCH and its allies will advocate for this measure in a new bill next legislative session.
Also, a bill to provide no-fee birth records to homeless youth and adults (House Bill 3060) awaits approval or veto by the governor. No-fee birth records was proposed by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and advocated by State Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago) and Cook County Clerk David Orr’s office. Cook County adopted a similar countywide measure April 12. Continue reading Governor signs two statewide measures to assist homeless and at-risk youth
This Labor Day, Chicago witnessed one of the largest fast food strikes in city history as part of the Fight for $15 movement, with the help of homeless workers and leaders from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.