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Equal Voice News: Ashley Allen – Dedication to fighting homelessness

This profile is part of an Equal Voice News special edition naming 50 Cesar Chavez Day Community Heroes across the U.S. The online Equal Voice News is published by the Marguerite Casey Foundation, a key funder for CCH and other organizations that empower low-wage families. Hero’s name: Ashley Allen Home city: Chicago Organization affiliation: Chicago Coalition for…

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A view looking south shows the Parkside of Old Town, a CHA mixed-income development. (Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune / August 14, 2013)

Chicago Tribune: Proposal would ease CHA ban on ex-offenders

By Annie Sweeney The long-standing ban on letting Chicago residents with criminal records live in public housing would be partially lifted under a proposed pilot program to allow ex-offenders to move in with family members living in CHA properties, a city official said. The program, which still needs Chicago Housing Authority board approval, would initially…

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WBEZ Public Radio: CHA launches pilot program for formerly incarcerated

By Natalie Moore The Chicago Housing Authority is launching a pilot program so people with criminal backgrounds can live with family members in public housing. The family reunification program will allow 50 formerly incarcerated individuals to move back into CHA housing over the next three years. Normally, CHA prohibits anyone with a criminal background to…

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Medill Reports Chicago: Shelter provides more than warmth for Chicago’s homeless youth

By Martine Granby The rough winter of 2014 made outside temperatures nearly unbearable. On the South Side, homeless youth could find refuge — as well as food, showers and a place to sleep — at Ujima Village. Anyone between ages of 18 to 25 were welcome to stay at the recently opened shelter. Robert Williams…

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Catalyst Chicago: For the record, homeless students lack services

By Melissa Sanchez With the number of homeless children in Illinois on the rise, many school districts across the state admit that they aren’t providing students all of the educational services they need. Since 2009, the number of homeless students has doubled in size statewide to nearly 55,000. In Chicago, the number has risen sharply…

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WBEZ Public Radio: Homelessness – one student’s story

(This story is made for your ears. Click this to access an audio link of the story.) Nathan Strain spent the majority of his senior year as an independent homeless youth By Becky Vevea Nathan Strain spent nearly all of his senior year at Hampshire High School homeless. “It was the beginning of November, and…

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WBBM Newsradio: Lawmakers begin hearings in push for higher minimum wage

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) – The drive to raise the minimum wage in Illinois got underway at the State Capitol this week. WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Dahl reports the House Labor & Commerce Committee heard testimony Wednesday from supporters of increasing the minimum wage in Illinois beyond the current $8.25. One proposal introduced to the General Assembly…

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Progress Illinois: New report finds gaps in educational supports for Illinois homeless students

By Ellyn Fortino The number of homeless students in Illinois has ballooned over recent years with many of these children and youth unable to access vital educational supports, according to a new survey and report from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. Given the recent findings, housing advocates say it is crucial that the state restore funding for…

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WBEZ-FM Afternoon Shift: Schools fail to meet homeless students’ needs

Schools fail to meet homeless students’ needs Under state and federal law, homeless students are entitled to basic supports and services at their schools. But a report released today by the Chicago Coalition for the homeless shows that many homeless youth are not getting the help the need. In a time of pinched budgets, districts…

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Capitol Fax.com: Today’s numbers are grim (homeless student services survey)

By Rich Miller * From a press conference announcement… [Chicago Coalition for the Homeless] ran a statewide survey in December 2013 that asked public school districts and Regional Offices of Education to respond about the level of services reaching children and teens identified as homeless students. Sixty-seven percent responded – 36 of 54 sub-grantees under…

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