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An estimated 13,054 Chicago families experienced homelessness in the 2014-15 school year.

Yet on average, less than 1% – 123 families – access permanent affordable housing each year.

PrintChicago Coalition for the Homeless manages HomeWorks, a multi-year campaign to create affordable housing for homeless families and improve school services for homeless students in Chicago.

Working with parent leaders and housing providers, HomeWorks advocates for improved school services and more family-sized housing with supportive services, including housing units for families through the Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund and the Chicago Housing Authority.

“The city of Chicago must commit to ending family homelessness, just it has pledged to end homelessness among veterans,” said CCH Policy Director Julie Dworkin during the campaign’s launch in November 2015.

Recent initiatives include advocacy with Chicago Public Schools to enact an updated homeless education policy, adopted in April 2016. Parents and students on our Education Committee worked for the new policy, in collaboration with our Law Project.

HomeWorks also advocated for adoption of Chicago’s Airbnb ordinance, enacted by the City Council in June 2016. The ordinance allocates a 4% surcharge to fund supportive services for homeless families who secure new housing and for a pilot to house 75 people living on the street and under viaducts in Uptown.

HomeWorks campaign partners: AIDS Foundation, Beacon Therapeutic, Catholic Charities, CSH (Corporation for Supportive Housing), Facing Forward to End Homelessness, Heartland Alliance, La Casa Norte, Primo Center for Women and Children, and Unity Parenting and Counseling Center

HomeWorks gratefully acknowledges project-specific support from the Polk Bros. Foundation.

For more information, contact Policy Director Julie Dworkin.