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Southtown Star, Phil Kadner: Illinois’s needy to be hurt

By Phil Kadner, columnist Jennifer, a Lynwood mother of two children, ages 5 and 2, was told she had two weeks to move. The landlord at the house she had rented for two years said that rather than repair water pipes that froze and burst, he was going to demolish the house. A home health…

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American Libraries: A home to the homeless

November-December 2014 issue Libraries offer refuge and support to those in need and help foster a new community approach to homelessness By Ellyn Ruhlmann Just before 9 a.m. on a Tuesday in Madison, Wisconsin, people line up on the corner outside Madison Public Library, waiting for the doors to open. Some of them have spent…

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Windy City Times: Storage issues for youth experiencing homelessness explored by new coalition

CHICAGO — A coalition of foundations and advocates has come together to address the issue of storage of personal belongings for youth experiencing homelessness in the Chicago area. Lara Brooks, a longtime advocate for youth, has been hired as a consultant to investigate ways to provide storage at existing facilities, as well as to explore…

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: Hard work of many led to single room occupancy ordinance

By Mark Brown, columnist Just two years ago, a group of Chicago community activists weren’t sure they could find a single alderman to champion the cause of saving the city’s disappearing stock of single-room occupancy housing. With SROs more often viewed as problem buildings than a precious last chance affordable housing option for the poor,…

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Chicago Tribune: Chicago aldermen pass SRO preservation law

Editor’s Note: Led by ONE Northside, CCH partnered on Chicago For All to advocate for the SRO preservation ordinance. By Mary Ellen Podmolik, Chicago Tribune reporter Owners of single-room-occupancy hotels in Chicago will not be able to so easily evict residents and convert their properties to market-rate apartments, under an ordinance approved Wednesday by the…

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Chicago Sun-Times: City Council preserves dwindling supply of SRO buildings

By Fran Spielman, Chicago Sun-Times reporter The City Council on Wednesday took a small, but still important step toward solving Chicago’s low-income housing crisis — by preserving the city’s dwindling supply of single-room-occupancy buildings. The plan, hammered out by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office, makes it more costly for the owners to convert those SRO buildings…

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Equal Voice News: Chicago residents to leaders – listen to the people

By Brad Wong, Assistant News Editor A Tuesday rally involving more than 800 people put the spotlight again on issues of concern to working families: Better wages, good jobs and neighborhood support. (Online story includes photos from CCH). Election 2014 was just last week, but working families, low-income individuals and grassroots activists in Chicago are…

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Chicago Tribune: Cook County Land Bank to sell first 2 homes to developers

Editor’s Note: CCH Policy Director Julie Dworkin serves on the Cook County Land Bank Board of Directors. By Mary Ellen Podmolik, Chicago Tribune housing reporter The brick bungalow in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood doesn’t look like much from the outside, with its windows covered with plywood, silver tape dangling from a second-floor eave and a…

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WBEZ Public Radio: Half of all public school students in Illinois considered low-income

By Linda Lutton, WBEZ Education Reporter Illinois has hit a milestone it was not trying for. Numbers released by the Illinois State Board of Education in its annual school report card show that—for the first time ever—low-income children now outnumber middle-class students in the state’s public schools. It’s a trend that could affect everything from…

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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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