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Education Week: Renewed focus needed to help homeless students stay in school, study argues

By guest blogger Catherine Gewertz A new study calls for an intense focus on helping homeless students stay in school, noting that new requirements and supports in the Every Student Succeeds Act can aid that effort. “Hidden in Plain Sight,” released Monday, documents the disconnections that are already familiar to many who work with homeless students….

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Progress Illinois: Development plan for old Cook County Hospital site wins approval

The Cook County Board Finance Committee approved a redevelopment plan for the old Cook County Hospital, over objections from some community advocates. The Westside Community Benefits Coalition, spearheaded by Action Now, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and the Community Renewal Society, wanted the plan tweaked to “include community hiring for people with criminal records,…

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: Social service providers tell Rauner to pay up

By Mark Brown, Chicago Sun-Times columnist After performing work for the State of Illinois for nearly a year without getting paid, a coalition of 64 social service providers filed suit Wednesday against Gov. Bruce Rauner and six of his agency directors. The group, calling itself Pay Now Illinois, demanded immediate payment in full for more…

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Chicago Tribune: Emanuel moves on homelessness, critics still boo

By John Byrne, Tribune reporter For Mayor Rahm Emanuel, tackling the tricky politics of Chicago’s homeless problem amounts to a no-win situation. Tagged with the “Mayor 1 Percent” nickname by his harshest critics, the millionaire mayor tends not to get the benefit of the doubt on the issue, even when he came out in favor Monday…

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: Emanuel backing 4% surcharge on Airbnb bills

By Mark Brown, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Another week, another homeless initiative from Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Last week, it was a pilot program to find housing for 75 people camped under Lake Shore Drive viaducts. This week, he’s signing on to a proposal by Chicago aldermen to double his proposed surcharge on house-sharing businesses like Airbnb,…

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CBS Chicago/WBBM Newsradio: Homeless, Advocates Target Rauner Luxury Condo In Budget Protest

By Mike Krauser Homeless youth and advocates gathered outside one of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s homes on Thursday, to call attention to the state budget impasse and its impact on programs for the homeless. The group lined up backpacks outside 340 on the Park, a high-rise condo building across the street from Maggie Daley Park. Rauner owns…

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: City promises housing for homeless living in tent camps

By Mark Brown Chicago Sun-Times columnist The city of Chicago has picked 75 chronically homeless people living in tent encampments along North Lake Shore Drive for an experiment of sorts. For the first time, the city is proposing to rapidly find them housing, an idea that may seem elementary but is actually almost revolutionary here….

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Crain’s Chicago Business: Hospital tests ‘Housing First’ program for Chicago homeless to reduce health care costs

Story by Martha Bayne Photos by John R. Boehm Ricardo Gist received housing through Chicago’s Center for Housing and Health program.   Since the advent of health care reform in 2010, Illinois Medicaid enrollment has grown to over 3 million people. The bill for that care came to $14 billion in 2014 alone. But almost half of…

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: Homeless man invokes rights under new state law

By Mark Brown Robert Henderson left his sleeping place under the railroad viaduct at Oakley and Kinzie on the morning of Nov. 2 to raise money scavenging pallets and panhandling. When he returned two hours later, he found all his belongings — including heart medication and identification documents — had been thrown away by a…

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Equal Voice News: (Video) Hope, Dreams and Struggles in Chicago

So can expressing your voice help in life? For members and supporters of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH), it can. Last year, CCH and its supporters held its “Horizons Creative Writing Outreach” event in which people stood before an audience and gave spoken word performances about life. The articulation of ideas and feelings,…

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