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Equal Voice News: U.S. homeless count needs to be done more often

Associated Press/Equal Voice News — Over the past few weeks, thousands of clipboard-toting volunteers have fanned out across some of the nation’s largest cities, tasked with a deceptively complex job: counting the number of homeless people sleeping on the streets. And under federal rules, they’ve had to do it under difficult conditions that some social service…

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Windy City Times: Tiny Home Summit to address youth homelessness in Chicago

Editor’s Note: Members of the CCH policy and Youth Futures legal staff will participate in panels at the Tiny Home Summit. CHICAGO — Pride Action Tank and Polk Bros. Foundation will host a Tiny Home Summit April 18-19, 2016 to bring together experts from across the country to address the issue of youth homelessness and…

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: Under the wire in Uptown – the Wilson men’s cubicle hotel is for sale

Editor’s Note: Chicago Coalition for the Homeless worked to stop a fast-tracked 2013 city ordinance that would have closed the city’s last two cubicle hotels. CCH also assisted men living in another cubicle hotel, the New Ritz, when the city closed it with little notice in 2006 – both issues covered by Mark Brown. By Mark…

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Mayor’s press office: Eugene Jones, Jr. nominated as CEO of the Chicago Housing Authority

January 29 – Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced the nomination of Eugene “Gene” Jones, Jr. as CEO of the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) after serving as Acting CEO since June of 2015. “As Acting CEO, Gene has already made significant progress at the CHA by accelerating development deals and housing production to get more than…

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Aurora Beacon-News: Budget stalemate ‘hurting’ services for homeless

By Steve Lord An area veteran of two tours in Afghanistan is struggling to keep himself and his family in their home. Under normal circumstances, Neil McMenamin and the organization he directs, Hesed House in Aurora, would be able to help him. But these are not normal circumstances. The state budget stalemate between the General Assembly and…

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Chicago Sun-Times: Rauner talks education, criminal justice as protesters chant ‘Budget first’

By Tina Sfondeles SPRINGFIELD — As protesters shouted “Budget first” outside the Illinois House chamber, Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday promised big changes to the state’s education funding formula and its criminal justice system, all while minimally mentioning the budget impasse. In his second State of the State address before the Illinois General Assembly, the Republican…

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Progress Illinois: Cutbacks continue for Illinois service providers during state budget impasse

By Ellyn Fortino It’s a new year, but a number of local service providers continue to operate in a state of limbo as the Illinois budget impasse drags into its seventh month. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratic legislature remain at odds over a budget for the 2016 fiscal year, which began July 1….

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Illinois Issues: No Place to Call Home (Part 3) – youth homelessness

By Robert Loerzel The state budget impasse could put more young people out on the streets this winter. Corey Stewart became homeless when he was 18, after his mother died and he found himself struggling to pay rent for the family’s apartment on Chicago’s South Side. “I worked for a temp agency,” he says. “I…

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Equal Voice, Report: More effort needed to assist Chicago homeless

Chicago received an “F” for efforts to provide housing and support to its homeless families and students, with more than 13,000 families without a home at some point during the 2014-15 school year, according to a report card released on Nov. 18. During that academic period, nearly half (47 percent) of these 13,000 families were…

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WBEZ, Morning Shift: Head of Chicago Coalition for the Homeless retires

Thanksgiving is a time when we think about our own circumstances and about the less fortunate. But one Chicagoan has been thinking about those folks every day, as part of his job, for two decades. Ed Shurna is the executive director of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. He’s retiring from the non-profit organization later…

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