Eviction moratorium 101

Updated September 21

By Sam Carlson, Research and Outreach Manager

Please note: Since the publication of this blog post, the Governor’s moratorium was re-issued for another 30 days. Though it doesn’t replace or nullify the CDC moratorium, the state moratorium has more protections and should take precedent until it expires.

Fact sheet available here 

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s eviction moratorium is set to expire this Saturday, September 19, if he does not issue another order continuing it. Without this state protection against evictions, Illinoisans will be relying on the federal moratorium. Announced by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) at the beginning of this month, the federal moratorium will halt most evictions of qualified tenants through December 31, 2020. 

The CDC-issued moratorium has fewer protections than previous Illinois moratoria. It is imperative that Illinois tenants understand these changes.  Continue reading Eviction moratorium 101

CCH to convene a cohort of students to help expand virtual organizing

Are you a current student or recent graduate who cares about social justice issues? Are you interested in learning more about community organizing? Are you looking to get valuable field experience to strengthen your resume?

The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is convening a cohort of students and recent graduates to help expand our virtual organizing footprint, register voters, and pass a Fair Tax in Illinois! By participating in this cohort, you will learn key principles of community organizing, network with other students, and professionals passionate about social justice and better understand how to be civically engaged to address homelessness and other social justice issues. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the cohort. Continue reading CCH to convene a cohort of students to help expand virtual organizing

Join the Chicago Marathon Virtual Race

CCH is proud to be an affiliate charity for the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Though the in-person event was canceled, many of our runners are choosing to run a virtual race between October 5 – 11. We are now recruiting additional team members to run a one mile, 5k, 8k, or half marathon distance as part of our Team to End Homelessness.

Continue reading Join the Chicago Marathon Virtual Race

Community vigil honors life of murdered homeless man and calls on city to prioritize safety through housing by investing an additional $100 million a year

On Wednesday morning, advocates and individuals with lived experience of homelessness held a virtual vigil to call out the increasing pattern of violence against people living on the streets and demand the city interrupt this pattern by making a significant investment in housing. In July, at least two violent attacks were made on individuals experiencing homelessness in Grant Park, one of which resulted in the death of 58-year-old Aaron Curry. 

Tom Gordon, a resident of an encampment in Uptown and volunteer leader with Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) shared his take on the recent violence, “We may be unsheltered and living on the streets, but we are still human beings. The murder of Aaron Curry, the daily pattern of trauma and violence that individuals like me experience – including harassment by the general public or being evicted from the only place we can call home – all of this could be prevented if the city prioritized housing. It’s not right.” Continue reading Community vigil honors life of murdered homeless man and calls on city to prioritize safety through housing by investing an additional $100 million a year

Illinois State Board of Education releases guidance document on supporting homeless students, with collaboration and input from CCH staff, leaders

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recently issued guidance to schools and districts on how to best support students experiencing homelessness in the upcoming school year. The guidance, Supporting Homeless Students During the 2020-21 School Year Guidance for Schools and Districts, is posted on ISBE’s website both on the Homeless Education page, and the COVID-19 page. The Guidance was also distributed statewide via the Superintendent’s Weekly Message.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread job loss, health complications, and unstable housing leaving many more families and children homeless or at risk of homelessness. Some temporary eviction prevention measures have been put in place statewide, but those measures are expiring if not renewed by state or federal action. Dramatically increased number of evictions in the state are expected. As a result, more students are expected to lose their housing during the 2020-21 school year and will be entitled to educational rights and services pursuant to the federal McKinney-Vento Act. Continue reading Illinois State Board of Education releases guidance document on supporting homeless students, with collaboration and input from CCH staff, leaders

CCH supports a Fair Tax in Illinois

November 3, 2020 will be a historic Election Day. In addition to deciding who will be in the White House in 2021, Illinois voters will also close the loop on a 20-year conversation: Do we pass a Fair Tax in Illinois?

Right now, Illinois is one of eight states in the country that has a flat income tax, at a rate of 4.95%. This means everyone from teachers, nurses, and delivery workers, to real estate moguls and corporate CEOs pays the same rate.

A flat tax rate may seem fair on the surface, but the reality is far from it. Flat tax rates place more of the financial burden on middle- and low-income households, and less on millionaires and billionaires. Under the current system, the top 1% of Illinois earners pay only about 7% of their income in state and local taxes, while middle- and low-income families pay up to twice that percentage. Continue reading CCH supports a Fair Tax in Illinois

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless to move 40th anniversary celebration online

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless will mark 40 years of organizing and advocating with a virtual celebration, “No Place Like Home,” on Thursday, September 24.

Guests are encouraged to make a suggested donation of $40 per household, but all are welcome to attend regardless of contribution. All guests are required to register here.

CCH is proud of the roster of sponsors lined up in support of our work. Many thanks to lead sponsor Baker McKenzie, and to our Associate-level sponsors – Fifth Third Bank, Harris & Harris, actor John Cusack and the JPC Foundation, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, Kirkland & Ellis, attorney Marta Delgado and Sam Nandi, Muriel Quinn and Robert Pasin, Revolution Brewing, and SEIU. A list of additional sponsors can be found here. Contact Michael Nameche for more information on sponsorship opportunities. Continue reading Chicago Coalition for the Homeless to move 40th anniversary celebration online

Take Action: Contact the city of Chicago Office of Budget and Management

The city of Chicago is receiving millions of dollars in new federal funds from the CARES Act that must be spent to support people experiencing homelessness through COVID-19. The city released how it plans to spend that money yesterday, and they have opened a comment period, ending this Monday, June 15, for the public to provide feedback about their proposal.

This is a crucial opportunity for the city to leverage federal dollars to provide immediate housing for people experiencing homelessness who are most vulnerable to COVID-19. While the city’s proposal does provide funding for housing in its plan, we are advocating that they dedicate more for this purpose, and we hope you will join us in this ask. Continue reading Take Action: Contact the city of Chicago Office of Budget and Management

CCH to launch a Mutual Aid Fund

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) is establishing the CCH Mutual Aid Fund to provide modest emergency grants of up to $500 to Illinois residents experiencing homelessness.

Working alongside people experiencing and at-risk of homelessness for the last 40 years, we know that a small amount of money can make the difference between having access to a safe place to stay, a warm healthy meal, or life-saving medication, and not. In these unprecedented times, we hope to be able to provide much-needed emergency support to as many of our neighbors as possible.

CCH will launch the fund’s 5-day application period at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 11. We are using a simple, easy-to-access application, available online or by phone. We pledge a quick turn-around time for providing support. Access to the application will be available on the CCH website during that time, until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 15.

Thanks to generous grants from the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund, the Jay Pritzker Foundation, Homestead Affordable Development Corporation, and other support received in response to this crisis, $110,000 has already been committed to this fund. We hope that you will join this effort by donating to grow this fund to $150,000, allowing us to distribute grants to at least 300 individuals and families. 

The mutual aid fund will be managed by a committee of grassroots leaders, with support from CCH community organizers. Our leaders are low-income volunteers with lived experience of homelessness who participate as partners in CCH advocacy. They are uniquely positioned to be decision-makers in distributing these funds.

– Claire Sloss, Media

How to receive your Stimulus Payment

Adapted from FAQ: CARES Act Stimulus Payments, prepared by Legal Council for Health Justice

Millions of Americans have already received their federal Economic Impact (Stimulus) Payments authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). While the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) continues to calculate and send payments to most eligible individuals, some Americans may have to provide additional information to the IRS to receive their payment.

Who is eligible for stimulus payments?

Stimulus payments will be made as follows:

  • $1,200 for single taxpayers with incomes of $75,000 or less;
  • $2,400 plus $500 payments for each child under the age of 17 for married couples with incomes of $150,000 or less; and
  • $1,200 plus $500 payments for each qualifying child for heads of households (usually single parents with children) with incomes of $112,500 or less.

The following individuals are not eligible for a CARES Act stimulus payment:

  • People without a Social Security Number; and
  • Young adults who are age 17 and older and who are claimed as dependents on another person’s income tax return.

How can I receive my stimulus payment?

  • If you file a 2019 tax return, the IRS will use the bank direct deposit information on that form (bank routing number and account number) to make an electronic stimulus payment directly into your bank account.
  • If no 2019 income tax return has been filed, the IRS will look to see if you filed a 2018 income tax return and use the direct deposit information on the 2018 form to make the electronic payment.
  • People whose bank information has changed will need to update their bank information on the “Get My Payment” portal.
  • SSI recipients will also receive stimulus payments directly to their bank accounts, Direct Express debit card, or by paper check, just as they would normally receive their monthly SSI benefits. These payments will be made no sooner than early May.
    • SSI recipients with qualifying children under age 17 will need to go to IRS webpage to enter their information in order to receive the additional $500 per qualifying child payment.
  • If you do not have a bank account, you will be mailed a stimulus check.
  • You can also receive your stimulus payment through Cash App, if you have a Cash App account. Find more information here.
  • If you are not required to file taxes in 2019 and did not file in 2018, you need to complete the IRS short form application for non-filers.

You can check the status of your stimulus payment here.

BE CAREFUL OF SCAMMERS!

If you receive calls, emails, or other communications claiming to be from the U.S. Treasury Department, the Internal Revenue Service, the Social Security Administration, or another government agency offering COVID-19 related grants or economic impact payments in exchange for personal financial information, or an advance fee, or charge of any kind, including the purchase of gift cards, please do not respond. These are scams.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless at 1 (800) 940-1119 or beth@chicagohomeless.org.