To help people who are coping with homelessness, CCH community organizers offer outreach at shelters, street programs, and single-room occupancy (SRO) facilities.
Each month, organizers offer outreach at 30 facilities serving families, youths and adults across Chicago, including programs serving Spanish-speaking families, youth and adults. They also outreach to people living on the street and in encampments.
Senior Organizer Jim Picchetti also mobilizes the State Network, organizing congregations, service providers and homeless leaders in 14 suburban and downstate communities — Aurora, Belvidere, Bolingbrook, Evanston, Joliet, Maywood/Oak Park, Naperville, Rockford, Romeoville, Springfield, Waukegan, Wheaton, and Zion.
A Speakers Bureau with 15 homeless leaders talks to school, civic and religious groups about their experiences with homelessness. They reach an audience of about 4,000 people a year. In 2017-18, the Bureau mobilized 146 high school and college students to advocate with city and state officials.
In other outreach, Youth Futures runs a mobile legal aid clinic that makes 15 monthly stops at schools and neighborhood programs serving unaccompanied youth in Chicago. Outreach sites include the Broadway Youth Center, Center on Halsted, Covenant House, La Casa Norte, Teen Living Programs, the Crib and Ujima Village overnight youth shelters, and legal clinics held 30 times a year at Chicago Public high schools.
During outreach sessions, CCH staff offer practical information. This includes telling parents about a homeless child’s right to free transportation to school, or informing low-income older youth and adults of eligibility to apply for health care through Medicaid.
Through outreach, CCH involves homeless youth, parents and single adults in advocacy campaigns that create access and economic opportunities for people living in extreme poverty.
For more information, contact Director of Organizing Wayne Richard at (312) 641-4140.