Action Alert: On The Cusp – CHA Reentry Pilot

We are close to having our CHA Reentry Pilot approved and implemented by CHA and we need YOUR support!

Speak out now.

Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) will soon give final approval to pilot a housing access program proposed by the Reentry Project at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

Reentry-Comm-CHA-8102012We’re asking you to send a message to the CHA, which is now accepting comments from the public on its proposed new programs, including our pilot housing initiative.  Continue reading Action Alert: On The Cusp – CHA Reentry Pilot

Feb. 27 Media Advisory: CCH releases survey findings that show Illinois school services fall short for homeless students

What: Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) releases findings from a statewide survey of public school districts across Illinois regarding services offered to homeless students.


Issue: Despite enrollment figures showing more than 54,800 homeless students in Illinois schools last year, too many children and teens are going without needed services – more than half of homeless students must cope without needed tutoring, preschool and counseling.


Media Availability: Thursday, February 27, CCH staff whose work focuses on the issues facing homeless students and youth will be available for interviews, by phone or in person, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Interviews on other dates may require an appointment.)


Parents of students experiencing homelessness are available for interviews through CCH contact below.


CCH 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 the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Key findings include:


·      52% responded that more than half of their homeless students do not receive needed tutoring or access to preschool.

·      56% said that less than half of homeless students received counseling

·      44% said their staffing capacity to identify and enroll homeless students is limited or very limited

·      21% responded that less than half of homeless students get transportation assistance to get to and from school


The Illinois State Board of Education has proposed to restore $3 million in FY15 state funding for grants to school districts for services to homeless students, but the proposal must still be approved by the Governor and the state legislature. Funding was awarded for only one year, during FY09, though homeless enrollment in schools across Illinois has more than doubled over the past five years, to 54,892 last school year (2012-13).



Laurene Heybach, CCH Law Project director

at 312-641-4140 (office)

CCH spring benefit: Motown the Musical

website graphicJoin CCH as we celebrate the Motown classics! Tickets are on sale now – until Thursday, April 10 at noon – for a spring performance of Motown the Musical at Chicago’s Oriental Theater.

Coming straight from Broadway, on its first stop of a national tour, Motown the Musical features the radio hits that brought America together like no other music before or since.

Thursday, May 8
6:30 p.m.
Oriental Theater, 24 W. Randolph Street

Purchase tickets through THIS LINK and CCH will receive a portion of your purchase.  Ticket prices range from $55 to $150.

A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible – from 32% – 72%.

The show features tribute performances by actors who portray the legendary music label’s impressive roster: Diana Ross & the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, and more!

Questions?  Email Director of Development Michael Nameche or call us at (312) 641-4140.

Celebrating successes, CCH honors legislators & community leaders

Leaders and allies of CCH gathered at the celebration on Tuesday.
CCH leaders and allies gather in celebration.

Celebrating recent successes, CCH this week honored several state legislators, Albany Park Neighborhood Council, and Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown for their work.

“No doubt everybody in this room has done something to accomplish what we’re acknowledging today,” said Executive Director Ed Shurna, kicking off a July 23 lunch attended by 50 allies and community leaders.  Continue reading Celebrating successes, CCH honors legislators & community leaders