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The Daily Northwestern: Panel discusses minimum wage increase before referendum vote

By Mark Ficken, Reporter A raise in the minimum wage affects not only workers, but the entire community, said McDonald’s employee Nancy Salgado at Northwestern on Wednesday night. Salgado is a member of Chicago’s Fight for 15 campaign, which is working to raise minimum wage to $15. She spoke to about 60 students at University Hall…

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Chicago Tribune: Chicago Housing Authority opens waitlists for public housing, vouchers

Editor’s Note: This article includes mention of a CCH Re-Entry Project event, which mobilized 135 ex-offenders to march to CHA headquarters to announce their plans to apply for housing assistance. Photo (above) depicts part of the march. (Tribune photo by Antonio Perez) By Lolly Bowean, Tribune reporter For most of his adult life, Clifford McKnight…

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CityLab from the Atlantic: Drawing Attention to Chicago’s Anti-Homeless Measures With ‘Compartment 13′

Chicago has constructed sloped barriers beneath the Kedzie Underpass to force out Lazarus Alcazar and other homeless men and women. This comic tells his story. By Darryl Holliday and Jamie Hibdon Homeless people in Chicago face many of the same challenges as low- to no- income people around the world. But city officials took those troubles one step…

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Chicago Tribune: Chicago revamps its SRO proposal

Editor’s Note: CCH is a member of the Chicago For All coalition of housing advocates negotiating for an SRO preservation ordinance. By Mary Ellen Podmolik, Tribune reporter Chicago has backed away from a proposal to regulate the redevelopment of single-room-occupancy hotels in the city, and instead will offer more options for building owners and developers…

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PBS NewsHour: Numbers on homeless students likely too low, Illinois data cited

By Mike Fritz Rashema Melson lived for most of the last three years in a Washington D.C. shelter – known as DC General – before graduating as valedictorian from Anacostia High School in June. As the nation struggles to address an upsurge in homeless students, the NewsHour’s American Graduate team spent a day with Melson…

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The Chicago Reporter: Coalition considers dedicated funds for homeless services in Chicago

By Katherine Marani Taking a cue from Seattle, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless wants the City Council to increase the city transfer tax to help homeless people. This summer the federal government cut $3.3 million in funding for services for Chicago’s homeless population, resulting in a 75-percent decrease in the city’s capacity to care…

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Chicago Sun-Times editorial: Minimum wage hike overdue

 Chicago, let’s raise the minimum wage. Let’s make life better for our lowest-wage workers and those a notch above. Let’s hike a minimum wage that has eroded so deeply it is now, in real buying power, well below 1968 levels. Let’s give our economy a boost, even while acknowledging the downsides of a wage hike….

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: Feds selective in homeless they are pushing to help

By Mark Brown, Columnist The federally funded program that Ayesha Cargill credits with lifting her from homelessness — and possibly saving her life — no longer exists. That’s a personal concern for Cargill, who wonders where she would go if the mental health problems that contributed to her becoming homeless were to return. But she…

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: Goal to end homelessness among vets laudable, but is it realistic?

By Mark Brown, Columnist Dallas Wade’s experience might not fit everybody’s notion of what it means to be homeless. He’s never slept on the street or in a shelter. But as he sat in a park at 65th and University a year ago September, not knowing where he and his fiance and three children could…

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Chicago Bureau/The Youth Project: New Health Consent Law Makes Getting Help More Accessible to Homeless Youth

Starting this week, unaccompanied minors in Illinois over the age of 14 can consent to routine medical care under a new amendment to the Minors Consent to Medical Procedures Act. Illinois is the 18th state to enact such a law, which is recommended by many advocacy groups such as the National Law Center on Homelessness…

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