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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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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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