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WTTW: Chicago to house 100 homeless families, address ‘doubled-up’ population

By Maya Miller This fall, 100 homeless families with school-age children will gain permanent housing and support services, thanks to a partnership between the city and the nonprofit Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the program Thursday morning, just one day after the coalition released its most recent figures on Chicago’s homeless…

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: They don’t live under a bridge, but they’re still homeless

By Mark Brown I spent a heartbreaking couple of hours last week sitting around a table with six high school students who would tell you without hesitation that they are homeless even though they go to bed at night with a roof over their heads. Each of these young people has been living “doubled up,”…

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Cook County Clerk’s office: David Orr lauds legislation making birth records free of charge for homeless, domestic violence victims, formerly incarcerated

Editor’s Note: Chicago Coalition for the Homeless advocated for this measure with Mr. Orr’s office, and a similar bill to assist homeless people statewide, House Bill 3060. Cook County Clerk David Orr on Wednesday commended the Cook County Board of Commissioners for their passage of legislation that removes the fees for birth certificates from his office…

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The Columbia Chronicle: New response center to help homeless families

By Jackie Murray, Metro Reporter Chicago’s first rapid response center designed to help homeless families get on the path to permanent housing will be built on the West Side through a collaboration between city officials and the Salvation Army. “We’re just very thankful for the opportunity the city is providing us,” said Lt. Col. Charles…

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Illinois NPR: Bill would ban box that blocks college students

CCH NOTE: Chicago Coalition for the Homeless works in a reentry coalition advocating passage of Rep. Wheeler’s bill, House Bill 3142. Our Reentry Project is part of the Restoring Rights and Opportunities Coalition of Illinois (RROCI). The coalition was organized in 2015 by CCH, Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Community Renewal Society, and Heartland Alliance. RROCI advocates for policies that remove…

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Equal Voice News: Marguerite Casey Foundation honors César Chavez Day heroes for 2017

  CCH leader Taishi Neuman is among 26 community leaders honored by the Marguerite Casey Foundation, a national funder based in Seattle.   Taishi Neuman – A Mom Fights for Good Housing, Inspiring Her Kids Hero’s name: Taishi Neuman Home city: Chicago Organization affiliation: Chicago Coalition for the Homeless  How does the person’s work advance social justice? What is…

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The Columbia Chronicle: Homeless lose refuge at Tent City

By Caroline Bowen, Metro Reporter Below the busy Lake Shore Drive bridge over Wilson Avenue, snow and ice secures Mark Saulys’ tent to the cement. He has been homeless for more than a year but will trade his nylon walls for a sturdier home in a couple of weeks because of a city housing initiative,…

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: Trump budget would put bite on more than Meals on Wheels

By Mark Brown, columnist The problems that President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget would cause for Chicago extend far beyond the Meals on Wheels program that so far has received most of the attention. As I explained in Sunday’s column, the $3 billion Community Development Block Grant program that Trump would eliminate provides $1.8 million — or…

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WTTW Chicago Tonight: Chicago expands ‘A Day for Change’ homeless program

By Maya Miller For the past three months, case workers from the nonprofit organization A Save Haven Foundation have been driving through the city offering panhandlers and homeless individuals a chance to work. The five-hour shifts consist of manual labor, such as shoveling snow or picking up trash, for a cash payment of about $55. Last week,…

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Chicago Tribune, Dahleen Glanton: Chicago’s homeless need housing, not handouts

By Dahleen Glanton, columnist This is hard to admit, but I have not always been empathetic toward the homeless people who live under the viaducts. During the summer in Uptown, I would see them lounging on the grass or seated in lounge chairs while hamburgers and hot dogs cooked on a barbecue grill nearby. I…

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