Her college internship ended, but Yaneth Aguilar still volunteers at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.
Working with community organizer Rachel Ramirez, Yaneth co-wrote a survey being used by CCH to determine how Chicago’s Latino community perceives what it is to be homeless. The survey also assesses awareness of services available to assist homeless families and students.
Yaneth, 25, explained the project in a recent interview at CCH’s Loop office. Her brightly colored shirt and dark hair stand out against the office’s cream-colored walls. Yaneth’s air is calm, confident, and sophisticated, despite the personal hardships she has faced. Continue reading Yaneth Aguilar: Latino perceptions of homelessness
Associate Director of The Law Project and Youth Futures attorney
Twenty-eight homeless youths acquired needed legal identification documents in a one-day outreach program offered by our Law Project and Chase Bank’s legal department.
As part of the JPMorgan Chase Day of Service on July 23, CCH and Chase legal staffs hosted a Legal and Identification (ID) Clinic at the Center on Halsted in the Lakeview neighborhood. This comprehensive community center is dedicated to the health and well-being of Chicago’s LGBTQ community, including a youth program that helps young people experiencing housing instability.
Horizons creative writing workshop presented its yearly poetry showcase at Chicago’s Intuit art gallery, 756 N. Milwaukee Avenue.
Shelter-based families who have written poetry and prose shared their work during the June 18 evening showcase. Many shared the first poetry they ever wrote, as well as reflections of their experiences with homelessness.
Participating were residents from A Safe Haven South and A Safe Haven West, both transitional shelters for families. Senior Community Organizer Wayne Richard led bi-weekly writing sessions with the parents since last fall.
The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled to uphold a law that provides housing subsidies for thousands of low-income families across Illinois.
The Illinois Rental Housing Support Program was created in 2005 when CCH’s statewide housing campaign passed legislation creating a $10 charge on real estate recordings. The funding is distributed throughout the state and provides subsidies to landlords who rent to extremely low-income tenants who earn 30% or less of area median income.
Yearly revenues of $16 million to $25 million have been collected since then. The funds provide rent subsidies to about 2,500 households statewide.
We are grateful to you for supporting our community organizers, policy experts and legal aid attorneys who are fighting to end the cycle of extreme poverty and homelessness. Together, we can ensure the development of effective solutions to the issues faced by the ever-growing number of homeless families, youth and adults.
After hosting a premiere-run screening of The Homestretch in September, CCH launched “Hopestretch for homeless youth.” This exciting, two-month campaign concluded November 10. With the support of 48 volunteer fundraisers, the campaign raised $34,661 from more than 450 individual donors, with final donations still coming in.
Donations will support our work to end youth homelessness, including our Youth Futures mobile legal aid clinic. Supporters were able to get more involved by raising awareness and funds for this very important work.
Effective October 1, unaccompanied minors ages 14 to 18 can consent to their own routine medical care under a new Illinois law proposed by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.
The law ends a significant barrier to accessing medical care for more than 7,000 homeless Illinois minors who are deemed “unaccompanied” because they live separate and apart from a parent or guardian. They include almost 2,000 students identified as unaccompanied by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) last school year.
CCH advocated for the measure after school and health clinic officials told our staff of being required to turn away teens for easily treatable issues – such as asthma, a fever, minor cuts, and sprains – because the teens lacked a parent or guardian to sign a health care consent form.