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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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WLS-TV Channel 7: Chiberia T-shirts sales help Chicago homeless

February 25, 2014 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — Like polar vortex and arctic blast, it’s a term most Chicagoans are unlikely to forget anytime soon. Now, a $25 Chiberia T-shirt commemorating the bitter cold winter helps those most impacted by it- Chicago’s homeless. National Weather Service Meteorologist Ricky Castro tweeted #Chiberia in January, a mix of Chicago…

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Equal Voice News: Senate approves farm bill – and cuts to food stamps

Equal Voice News quoted a CCH community leader in its version of an Associated Press story about the U.S. Senate approving a farm bill with cuts to food stamps. Charles Jenkins, a Chicago resident who receives food stamps, also expressed disappointment with the cuts. “It’s inhumane to target the least among us, those who need…

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: Primitive cubicle hotels can be lifesavers in brutal cold

By Mark Brown, Columnist For the last four years, Christ Bobis stayed in the basement of an otherwise unoccupied building in Little Village with no running water or heat except from a space heater. When the building’s electricity went out over the weekend, rendering the space heater useless against the subzero temperatures, the 77-year-old Bobis…

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WLS-TV: Death reported as homeless grapple with cold, city runs Point-in-Time count

By Jessica D’Onofrio The dangerous cold always brings heightened awareness over some of the most vulnerable in the city – the homeless. A lot of people will be caught in this dangerous cold, the homeless in particular. The city is urging anyone who needs a warm place to go to get to a warming center…

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The Associated Press: Quinn pushing plan to tie Medicaid to housing

By Carla K. Johnson, The Associated Press Published in Springfield’s The State Journal-Register CHICAGO — Broderick Alexander lived on the streets for more than two years in Chicago, but since 2005, he has slept in his own apartment. A case manager visits once a month, helping the 48-year-old set goals as part of a program…

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Chicago Sun-Times editorial: CHA sits on cash as needs arise

Unbelievable as it may sound, the Chicago Housing Authority is sitting on a pile of cash. Between 2008 and 2012, the agency stockpiled hundreds of millions in reserves, most of which can be used to build or rehab public housing. Meanwhile, 3,000 CHA apartments have been vacant for years — most awaiting redevelopment — as…

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Kaiser Health News: Signing up the homeless, one at a time

By Anna Gorman, KHN Staff Writer LOS ANGELES – On a recent winter morning, health outreach worker Christopher Mack walked through the streets and alleys of the city’s Skid Row, passing a man pulling a rusty shopping cart and a woman asleep on a crumpled blue tarp. The smell of marijuana wafted through the cold…

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Huff Post Impact: Chicagoans cooking at home & donating to help homeless youth

By Carlo Lorenzo Garcia The past two days in Chicago have been brutal, with temperatures dipping below — 40 degrees with that famous wind chill and one can only imagine the effect it has had on those living on the streets, Chicago’s homeless community. I, myself, spent two days hunkered down in the safety of…

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Truth-out.org – Caught in the cold: Homelessness & the polar vortex

By Candice Berndt, Truthout I Report As a deadly polar vortex moved across the United States this week, cities scrambled to shelter the homeless, who can face additional problems once in the shelter system. And the hacker collective Anonymous worked to provide additional aid networks for those in need. Tuesday’s record-breaking cold covered much of…

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