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Chicago Lawyer: Helping homeless teens digitally

When homeless youths need help, Graham Bowman hopes a new app can help them find it.   Bowman, 29, is one of five staff attorneys at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless’ Law Project, which runs a series of mobile legal clinics in shelters, schools and health clinics frequented by homeless youth. The Law Project…

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mary Mitchell: Jesse Webster – halfway to freedom

Jesse Webster, whose prison sentence to life without parole for a nonviolent drug offense was commuted by President Barack Obama, walks out of The Salvation Army Freedom Center on Sept. 26, 2016. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times Third in a 4-part series By Mary Mitchell, columnist In commuting Jesse Webster’s life sentence, President Barack Obama gave the…

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WTTW, Chicago Tonight: Illinois’ black unemployment rate highest in the nation

By Reuben Unrau While U.S. unemployment is at its lowest point in years, a new report shines a light on a racial gap that’s especially prominent in Illinois. For the 15th month in a row, Illinois has the nation’s highest unemployment rate among African-Americans, according to a report by the Economic Policy Institute. In an analysis of…

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Crain’s Chicago Business: On a cold day, searching for ways to help Chicago’s homeless

Opinion By Doug Schenkelberg In Chicago this week, temperatures have dipped down to dangerously cold levels. When the weather reaches negative degrees and there is bone-chilling wind and snow, prolonged exposure can threaten health regardless of how many layers of clothing a person is able to put on. But it is particularly unsafe for the…

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WTTW Chicago Tonight: Bitter cold especially challenging for chronically homeless

By Brandis Friedman For some months now, controversy has been brewing over several homeless encampments under Lake Shore Drive viaducts. As the temperatures drop, advocates are even more concerned about the people living there. Over the weekend, when we not only had temperatures below zero but also a few inches of snow, there were about…

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WBEZ: Uptown shelter struggles to transition last residents before closing

By Odette Yousef A men’s homeless shelter on Chicago’s North Side is scheduled to close days before Christmas, and staff members are reckoning with the reality that many participants lack options as the weather turns dangerously cold. North Side Housing and Supportive Services’ Interim Housing Program for Men, at the Preston Bradley Center in the…

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ABC 7: Girl, 5, raises $208 for Chicago homeless organization

By Leah Hope A 5-year-old girl saved some of her chores money and this week delivered a jar with $208 cash to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, making her the organization’s youngest donor. Peninah Feldman is a kindergartener at Chicago’s National Teacher’s Academy, where students learn about social justice and helping others. A year…

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Chicago Tribune: Naperville approves requiring landlords to accept housing vouchers

Editor’s Note: CCH’s State Network co-founded the DuPage Homeless Alliance, which advocated for the voucher ordinance.  By Genevieve Bookwalter The Naperville City Council has approved requiring city landlords to accept federal housing vouchers as income when considering potential tenants. The 5-4 vote Tuesday came after more than two hours of passionate arguments for and against the proposal…

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DNAinfo.com: Uptown’s ‘Tent City’ forms homeless neighborhood group for viaduct campers

By Josh McGhee UPTOWN — A group of homeless people who have been camping out under Uptown’s viaducts for months have organized a neighborhood group that will fight for their rights against city restrictions. Uptown’s “Tent City,” concentrated mostly under the neighborhood’s viaducts at Lawrence and Foster avenues, hosted a press conference Wednesday under the name Tent City…

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: Homeless survive city’s viaduct ‘cleaning’

By Mark Brown, columnist The city conducted what it calls a “cleaning” Friday morning at the homeless encampments beneath the Wilson and Lawrence viaducts at Lake Shore Drive. This required the homeless people to move their tents and belongings for a few hours while city crews tossed any junk left behind before sweeping and power-washing…

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