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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….

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AOL.com: 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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DNAinfo.com Chicago: West Loop becoming a ‘bigot neighborhood,” alderman suggests in rent fight

By Stephanie Lulay WEST LOOP — After fielding complaints about new rental developments in the West Loop for months, one alderman has a new word to describe neighbors’ opposition to renters: “discrimination.” At a Tuesday night meeting to consider a proposed 80-unit apartment building near the Morgan ‘L’ station, Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) said…

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Chicago Tribune: Design student revamps cardboard signs to help Chicago’s homeless stand out

By Jasper Craven Among the tall towers and tourists crowding Chicago’s Magnificent Mile is an often overlooked population: homeless people with signs asking for change. While many of the cardboard signs seem hastily scribbled, over the past months many of them have been revamped and replaced, a project from a Chicago art student who hoped…

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Chicago Tribune: Scholarships give college-bound homeless students a boost

By Tony Briscoe Aja Lowrey knows what it means to struggle. The 18-year-old Chicagoan has endured homelessness twice during critical junctures of her young life. After receiving most of her schooling at Leslie Lewis Elementary School in the North Austin neighborhood, an institution on probation most of her educational career, she became homeless after a…

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Mark Brown, Chicago Sun-Times: Social service, community groups want reforms – but not Rauner’s version

By Mark Brown Even as they brace for state budget cuts that could hit this week, social service and community organizations met Monday to jump start grassroots support for longer-range revenue solutions. Organizers conceded that their “progressive revenue platform” calling for higher income taxes on the wealthy and corporations has little chance for resolving the…

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