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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…

» Read More 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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Northwestern’s Social Justice News Nexus: CCH scholarships give college-bound homeless high schoolers a boost

By Emily Olsen Jayme Robinson became homeless when she was a senior in high school. “My mom threw me a bag with two shirts and two pair of pants. She was like, ‘You have to go,’” she said. Robinson, now 21, said she was kicked out of her family’s home in Chicago because of her…

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DNAInfo: Chicago’s Homeless Population Has Dropped 13 Percent In A Year: City Report

By Tanveer Ali Chicago’s homeless population has dropped by 13 percent since last year, according to a count conducted by the city. According to the 2016 Homeless Point-in-Time count, 5,889 people were experiencing homelessness in January compared with 6,786 the year before. The count found a 22 percent drop in veteran homelessness since last year….

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WBEZ News: Chicago Homeless Count At Ten-year Low

By Odette Yousef Listen here.  Chicago officials are touting numbers that indicate that homelessness in the city has hit its lowest point in more than a decade. During the annual point-in-time count, conducted on the night of January 16th, 2016, hundreds of city workers and volunteers counted 5,889 homeless. That’s almost 900 fewer than last…

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Chicago Tribune: Social service agencies, homeless feel pinch of Ventra single-ride pass surcharge

By Mary Wisniewski  After a night at an Englewood shelter for homeless youth, James Ivory used to be handed two CTA single-ride passes — one to go to school or look for work, the other to return to the shelter in the evening. But after the CTA started the Ventra system, a 50-cent surcharge was tacked on to single-ride…

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: City says few homeless even as Uptown project lags

By Mark Brown, columnist The Emanuel administration is expected to report soon that its annual head count shows the city’s homeless population is Chicago’s lowest in 10 years. The 5,889 homeless persons found living in shelters, on the street or riding mass transit on the night of Jan. 26 is 13 percent fewer than counted…

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Science: Homeless prevention grants – a bit of cash can keep someone off the streets for two years or more

CCH Editor’s Note: Using data from Chicago, a new University of Notre Dame study affirms the impact of homeless prevention grants to families who call for help – those who received a grant were 76% less likely to move into a shelter within six months than those turned away. “There is evidence that it’s a…

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