Homeless Uptown viaduct residents file lawsuit against the city

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

New Illinois law allows school transportation funds to be reallocated for homeless student housing

By Cydney Salvador, Media Intern

An Illinois bill permitting the use of educational funds to secure housing for homeless children has been signed into law.

House Bill 261 will allow school districts to reallocate funds dedicated to homeless students’ transportation costs to instead pay for housing assistance, rent, and security deposits. CCH endorsed the measure, sponsored by State Rep. Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg). Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the bill on August 25. Continue reading New Illinois law allows school transportation funds to be reallocated for homeless student housing

Homeless students have special rights to school enrollment, transportation and fee waivers

By Patricia Nix-Hodes, Director of The Law Project at CCH

As students head back to school, it’s important to point out that children and teens without housing have special rights to school enrollment, transportation and school fee waivers.   Continue reading Homeless students have special rights to school enrollment, transportation and fee waivers

213 CCH leaders joined Chicago Fight for $15 at one of city’s largest fast food strikes

By Cydney Salvador, Media Intern

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.

Labor Day 2017 (Photo by Jaime Schmitz)

In the U.S and around the world, minimum-wage workers in healthcare, fast food, janitorial services, and customer services went on strike during the September 4 National Day of Action. Almost 5,000 people rallied in support of strikers, according to Chicago Fight for $15.  Continue reading 213 CCH leaders joined Chicago Fight for $15 at one of city’s largest fast food strikes

Legislation to expand record-sealing is signed into law

Key legislation to expand record-sealing in Illinois has been signed into law after advocacy by the CCH Reentry Project and RROCI coalition partners.

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 2373 at an August 24 ceremony hosted by the Safer Foundation, a Reentry Project member.

Effective immediately,  HB2373 expands record-sealing eligibility to more felonies, three years after completion of sentence. Before, only nine felonies were eligible for sealing.  Continue reading Legislation to expand record-sealing is signed into law

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