Farewell to Policy Specialist Jonathan Holmes

Jonathan Holmes in Springfield

It is bittersweet for me to announce that I will be leaving the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless at the end of August to join the staff at the Chicago Urban League.

I started my career at CCH almost three years ago as a Policy Fellow, where I worked on legislation removing barriers to employment in schools for people with criminal records. Continue reading Farewell to Policy Specialist Jonathan Holmes

CCH welcomes our new development associate, Christy Savellano

Christy Savellano

CCH welcomes Christy Savellano to the staff, serving as our new development associate. 

We asked Christy to introduce herself. 

My social work lens and experiences have shaped who I am and what I stand for, continuing to weave my passions in fighting and promoting social justice and social work together.  Continue reading CCH welcomes our new development associate, Christy Savellano

CCH statement: Appalled by the city of Chicago’s 30-day eviction notice at Wilson and Lawrence viaducts

August 18, 2017

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is appalled by the city of Chicago’s decision to issue a 30-day eviction notice today to the residents of the tent encampments under the Wilson and Lawrence viaducts on Lake Shore Drive, in advance of reconstruction. This notice comes without the city providing permanent housing to the people they are evicting from the only home they have and with the premeditated intention to make it impossible for people experiencing homelessness to use the viaducts in the future for protection.

The residents of the encampments do not oppose rebuilding of the city’s infrastructure, nor do they want to live on the streets. They currently live under these viaducts because they have no other permanent housing options. The residents want the same thing anyone else does – the chance to have a stable home.  Continue reading CCH statement: Appalled by the city of Chicago’s 30-day eviction notice at Wilson and Lawrence viaducts

Assessments begin for Chicago’s FIT housing program 

Assessments are underway for a new housing program that will assist homeless families with children enrolled at six Chicago Public Schools (CPS):

  • Ellington Elementary
  • Earle Elementary
  • Howe Elementary
  • Nicholson Elementary
  • L. Ward Elementary
  • Lowell Elementary

The new program is called Housing Support for CPS Families in Transition, or FIT.

Participating families will be those staying at shelters, as well as those who are doubled-up with friends or relatives due to economic hardship.  Continue reading Assessments begin for Chicago’s FIT housing program 

StreetLight Chicago launches website companion to free mobile app for homeless youth

Homeless youth and their providers in Chicago now can access StreetLight Chicago using a computer! The free mobile application of resources for homeless youth is accessible on a new website, http://www.streetlightchicago.org

StreetLight Chicago is a database listing resource and healthcare information for homeless youth. It was co-created by the Youth Futures legal aid clinic at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and the Young Invincibles, with support from the VNA Foundation.   Continue reading StreetLight Chicago launches website companion to free mobile app for homeless youth

Media Advisory for Thursday, August 10: Lawsuit threatened on viaduct construction

Homeless Encampment Residents and Their Attorneys Threaten Lawsuit Against City of Chicago in Advance of Viaduct Construction

WHAT:

Press conference convened by homeless encampment residents of the viaducts at Lake Shore Drive at Wilson and Lawrence avenues. Construction to repair the viaducts is set to begin soon, and the current re-design puts bike lanes in the sidewalks, which is less safe for pedestrians, bikes, and cars, and which is discriminatory toward homeless people.

Residents and their attorneys will be discussing a letter they are sending to the city’s Corporation Counsel indicating that they are prepared to move forward with a civil action pursuant to the Illinois Bill of Rights for the Homeless Act and to seek injunctive relief under the Act.  Continue reading Media Advisory for Thursday, August 10: Lawsuit threatened on viaduct construction

Welcome Veronica Cullinan-Burnison, our new AmeriCorps VISTA Organizer

In July, Veronica Cullinan-Burnison returned to CCH as our new AmeriCorps VISTA organizer. Taking over for Jayme Robinson, Veronica will manage our Speakers Bureau. 

We asked Veronica to introduce herself with this essay:

I am no stranger to the issues that many of the people we work with face. I was born in Volusia County, Florida, but when I was very young, my mom and I moved back to her hometown of Chicago after my parents separated. With only one income supporting us, we struggled to make ends meet and find stable housing. My grandparents took me in, but faced many obstacles because they were not my legal guardians, even with simple tasks like enrolling me in school.  Continue reading Welcome Veronica Cullinan-Burnison, our new AmeriCorps VISTA Organizer

Rene Heybach: Celebrating 20 years of accomplishments, reflecting on the reality of today

By Rene Heybach

Laurene (Rene) Heybach, the Law Project’s founding director (left), accepts the John “Juancho” Donahue award at the Law Project’s 20th anniversary celebration in March, pictured here with Law Project Director Patricia Nix-Hodes.

Today I conclude twenty years and six months working at the Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. The work was hard, but worth it. The people I worked with have been great, often courageous. There have been so many remarkable people we served, collaborated with, and joined in the streets. I am entirely grateful.  Continue reading Rene Heybach: Celebrating 20 years of accomplishments, reflecting on the reality of today

CCH golf outing in Wilmette on August 21

Janet Terry and Sue Hayes ready to head out to the course.

Space is still available as the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless brings its annual golf outing back to the Wilmette Golf Club for a third year.

Set for Monday, August 21, the event kicks off with a grilled lunch at 12 noon and tee-off at 1:30 p.m. After golfing, participants enjoy cocktails and a dinner reception, with the opportunity to bid on fabulous silent auction prizes.  Continue reading CCH golf outing in Wilmette on August 21

A fond farewell to Niya Kelly

By Niya Kelly

After almost two years as a policy specialist at CCH, I am leaving to join the staff at the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network.

Niya Kelly with State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch

At CCH I staffed the Homeless Youth Committee, a statewide group of 38 homeless youth providers. I also worked on state budget advocacy with the Responsible Budget Coalition, serving on its executive, legislative, and field committees, ensuring CCH was a part of the conversations concerning Illinois’s budget crisis.  Continue reading A fond farewell to Niya Kelly