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Chicago Sun-Times: Critics assail Rauner administration’s proposed public aid changes

Graham Bowman, CCH’s youth health attorney, requested a state hearing on proposed changes to the state appeals process for poor people who are denied public benefits, including Medicaid. His August 26 testimony can be read here. By Maudlyne Ihejirika Debra Hamilton and her disabled daughter were among dozens of critics of proposed changes to Illinois…

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Progress Illinois: Rauner administration proposes tougher appeals process for benefits programs

Editor’s Note: CCH Youth Health Attorney Graham Bowman will testify at the August 26 hearing. The Illinois Department of Human Services is holding the second of two public hearings Wednesday over the Rauner administration’s proposals to toughen the appeals process for key benefits programs. The Rauner administration’s proposed rule changes would impact Medicaid, the Supplemental…

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Chicago Sun-Times: Rauner signs ‘Rocket Docket’ law to reduce some jail stays

By Frank Main Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has been on a crusade this year to keep some accused shoplifters and trespassers from having extended stays behind bars before trial. Dart recently notched a bipartisan victory in that campaign when Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the so-called “Rocket Docket” bill into law. Rep. Mike Zalewski…

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Winnetka Talk: Student alliance fills 31 backpacks for homeless youth

By Bridget O’Shea The North Shore-based Student Alliance for Homeless Youth hopes to make the transition back to school easier for dozens of children, ages 3 to 16, who are currently living at the Madonna House, a Chicago shelter for homeless women and children. On Aug. 15, members of the SAHY, which includes students from…

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ABC-7 Chicago: A story the city won’t discuss – homeless population explosion

By Chuck Goudie & Barb Markoff CHICAGO (WLS) — The new face of homelessness is families. An estimated 140,000 homeless people live in the city including thousands of public school students in shelters, in tents, in parks or just in whatever place they can find across Chicago. For one month, the I-Team asked city officials…

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch: With Illinois’ budget in limbo, child cares serving the poor are closing down

By Nancy Cambria Summer is one of the trickiest times to run a profitable small child-care business. On average, about a quarter of a child-care center’s children move on to kindergarten. Ideally those empty slots are filled by a new crop of infants and toddlers, so business — and revenue — can continue as usual….

» Read More 58,000 college students are homeless in the U.S.

While college is already a huge transition for young adults, some college students face an entirely different hardship — homelessness. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) reported that there are 58,000 homeless students on campuses nationwide. FAFSA is the only reliable source for these statistics since colleges are not technically required to keep…

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Progress Illinois: West Siders demand Community Benefits Agreement for New Medical District development

Editor’s Note: Chicago Coalition for the Homeless co-leads the organizing for the Westside Community Benefits Coalition. By LaRisa Lynch A coalition of churches, community groups and residents is urging West Side political leaders, particularly Chicago Ald. Jason Ervin (28th), to require that a community benefits agreement (CBA) be tied to any public tax dollars requested…

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Huffington Post: New California law gives free IDs to homeless people so they can access housing, school

By Eleanor Goldberg The thing that often stands in the way of a homeless person and housing is just a state-issued identification. But a new law in California is making sure that its residents are no longer stranded on the streets because of that issue. In order for a homeless person to do something as…

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Crain’s Chicago Business, Letter to the Editor: The pain of budget cuts

To the Editor: Columnist Greg Hinz claims no one is feeling the pain of the state budget impasse (“Why Springfield’s budget crisis is more talk than real,” July 8), but the uncertainty of the budget outcome already is forcing organizations to make tough decisions. My organization serves homeless youth on Chicago’s South Side, providing a basic…

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