CCH Statement: Our work continues after Fair Tax defeated

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is disappointed that many Illinois voters chose to not support the Fair Tax, a reform that would have made our tax system fairer and helped address the state’s structural deficit.

We are grateful to all of CCH’s supporters, partners, and allies that worked tirelessly to fight for this reform, logging hundreds of hours of work. 

While the movement for progressive income for Illinois did not win this year, CCH, along with our partners in this fight, will continue to push for a system that ensures millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share. 

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Donations distributed to homeless encampment after fire

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless received nearly $1,500 in donations in response to a fire that occurred at a homeless encampment near Belmont and Kedzie avenues earlier this month.

The October 5 fire destroyed several residents’ personal belongings, including tents, blankets, mattresses, clothing, and other necessities for living on the street. Three people also suffered minor injuries.

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Vote YES on the Fair Tax

Common Misconceptions Debunked 

The first question on Illinois ballots this election asks voters whether they support an amendment to the Illinois constitution to change our unfair flat income tax to a fair graduated tax. We encourage you to vote YES.  

Right now, Illinois is one of only nine 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. 

Passing a Fair Tax would relieve the burden on the lowest income Illinoisans. Under this plan, anyone who earns less than $250,000 would pay the same or less in income taxes, and those who make more than $250,000 would pay a slightly higher rate, but only on their income over $250,000.  

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Participate in our Associate Board’s first-ever virtual Variety Show

By Sophie Babcock, Associate Board Co-Vice President, Events

Do you have a talent or fun skill you’re proud of? Or know someone in your network who does? We are now recruiting participants for the CCH Associate Board’s upcoming virtual Variety Show on Thursday, December 10 starting at 6:30 p.m.

Whether you are a singer, dancer, musician, comic, or just someone who loves to take on a fundraising challenge, we invite you to participate! The show will feature talents ranging from pie-eating to juggling, so please don’t be shy and feel free to think outside of the box.

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CPS Focus Group presents at National Association for the Education of Homeless Youth and Children (NAEHCY) conference

By Alyssa Phillips, Education Attorney

On October 9, members of CCH’s CPS Focus Group, a committee of grassroots leaders with children or grandchildren attending Chicago Public Schools, participated in a panel discussion at the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) virtual conference.

The discussion centered on effective communication strategies between school personnel and parents experiencing homelessness during COVID-19. The parents shared their struggles with distance learning and gave their suggestions for school staff.

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Block Club Chicago: Fire Destroys Avondale Homeless Encampment — And Residents Think It Was A Hate Crime

Residents at the encampment need clothing, mattresses and other supplies after their belongings were set on fire, they said.

By Ariel Parrella-Aureli

AVONDALE — Multiple people were injured and had their belongings destroyed during a Monday fire at an encampment for people experiencing homelessness in Avondale.

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CCH celebrates 40 years of advocacy with a virtual celebration

By Michael Nameche, Director of Development

On September 24, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless hosted its first virtual gala, No Place Like Home: Celebrating 40 Years of Advocacy.

Through generous sponsorships, including lead sponsors Baker McKenzie and JP Morgan, individual contributions, and the proceeds of an online auction, the event raised more than $225,000 to support CCH’s mission to prevent and end homelessness.

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Associate Board to host Fair Tax educational happy hour

On Thursday, October 1, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Associate Board will host Pour Over Your Ballot, an educational happy hour to inform Illinois voters about the Fair Tax.

Register to attend here.

The first question on Illinois ballots this November will ask voters whether they approve of a transition from a flat income tax to a progressive one.

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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, now expiring November 22. 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. 

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2020 Horizons Creative Writing Showcase goes virtual

Horizons Creative Writing Outreach welcomed participants, grassroots leaders, staff and board to attend its annual writers showcase virtually this year. Our September 1 event, held via Zoom, featured original poetry read by grassroots leaders with lived experience of homelessness and their children.

Horizons is a creative writing outreach program offered at family shelters, facilitated by Special Projects Organizer Claudia Cabrera. Twice-a-month sessions involve more than 100 people a year.

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