Working in a coalition with Cabrini Green Legal Aid and Community Renewal Society, CCH’s Reentry Project visited Springfield multiple times this legislative session to advocate for House Bill 494, which would remove lifetime bars to work in or near schools for people with records.
As a result of the advocacy efforts, the bill passed both the House and Senate with strong support from both sides of the political aisle. The bill was sent to Gov. Rauner’s desk for consideration.
Sponsored by State Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) in the House, the bill first passed out of the Elementary and Secondary Education: School Curriculum and Policies Committee on March 25. After that, our coalition negotiated amendments with the Illinois State Board of Education, including a requirement that the wait period for people convicted of drug offenses be seven years after completing probation or parole.
Nasia Smith is the first college scholarship winner at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless to earn a bachelor’s degree as a single parent. She worked full-time to support her young son while earning a business degree.
We think Nasia tells her story better than anyone else:
Life before I left for college was difficult. I am one of six kids, and we were in foster care before my grandmother took us in. She died when I was in fifth grade. We went to live with my great-aunt, but when I became pregnant at 16, I was kicked out. Continue reading The remarkable Nasia Smith shares her story
Sweet Home Chicago joined city officials to celebrate completion of the first apartment building restored by Multi-Family TIF Purchase-Rehab, a program created after advocacy by our affordable housing coalition.
Through outreach at shelters, school and drop-in programs, CCH community organizers and youth attorneys reach almost 6,000 people a year at 35 programs across Chicago.
In a new effort, two organizers began working last year at Tilden Career Community Academy. More than 200 students at the South Side high school are homeless, exceeding 60% of total enrollment. Most of the homeless teens find shelter at the homes of friends or relatives, usually in overcrowded conditions. Continue reading CCH school outreach helps Tilden teens find their voice
Question: What do a lawyer, a truck driver, and a writer have in common?
Answer: They were guest bartenders for the latest installment of our popular fundraiser, Cheers For Change!
On Friday, Sept. 27 at The Owl, 2521 N. Milwaukee Ave., an eclectic mix of 11 volunteer bartenders hosted their friends and friends of CCH for an evening of fun and fundraising.
There was no cover charge for the event, which started at 6 p.m. Instead, all “tips” collected by bartenders during the 4-hour party – whether given in-person that night, or virtually online – became tax-deductible donations to support our work.
Hope you could join us! We raised our glasses, raised our voices, and raised money for CCH and its vital work.
Before school resumed, the CCH Law Project was reaching out to homeless students about school resources as well as training Chicago Public Schools (CPS) staff who work with homeless children and teens.
Law’s outreach project – Every Child in School, Every Day – distributed back-to-school materials in the Brighton Park and Back of the Yards neighborhoods on August 22, four days before classes resumed. A signature project of JPMorgan Chase’s legal department, the outreach program mobilizes volunteers from Chase, CCH, and area law schools. More than 4,000 door hangers, brochures and posters were distributed that day at homes, shops and community venues by 15 Chase volunteers and six CCH staff members. Continue reading Law Project reaches out to homeless students & educators prior to start of school
Aldermen James Cappleman (46th Ward) and Brendan Reilly (42nd) introduced an ordinance last January that would have closed the city’s last two cubicle hotels, located in Chicago’s South Loop and Uptown neighborhoods.
The hotels – The Ewing Annex, 422-426 S. Clark Street, and the Wilson Club Men’s Hotel, 1224 W. Wilson – are home to 325 low-income men, including students, veterans, day laborers, the disabled and the under-employed.
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is working with other advocates and organizers to stop a proposed ordinance that would ban Chicago’s last two cubicle hotels for men. Now, a Chicago alderman pushing the ordinance is criticizing CCH for helping the 330 low-income men who live there.