Taishi Neuman and Marilyn Escoe talk about their experiences with homelessness and motherhood.
Though one might imagine only single adults experiencing homelessness, people living within families are half of Chicago’s homeless population.
Thank you to StorpCorps for the photo and recording.
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Chicago Public School layoffs of more than 500 teachers and 500 support staff will disproportionately impact homeless students. Last school year, CPS identified 18,831 homeless students, which was 4.8% of its total enrollment.
Last school year, 521 homeless students were enrolled in preschool programs run by the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). This was a 32% drop from the prior 2014-15 school year, when 766 homeless preschoolers were enrolled.
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is working to make sure that homeless children are able to attend preschool. The guide below was created to assist families.
If a parent or her/his child is living in a shelter or other temporary living situation, the child can receive priority placement in preschool programs run by CPS or funded by the city of Chicago. Also, the child can be enrolled in preschool without proof of address, income, guardianship, or other documents. Continue reading A guide to enrolling homeless Chicago children in preschool
We are happy to introduce Jayme Robinson as our new AmeriCorps VISTA organizer. A three-year member of our Speakers Bureau, Jayme now manages the program.
Jayme works with Associate Director of Organizing Hannah Willage, who launched the Speakers Bureau nine years ago. Hannah leads education organizing for our HomeWorks campaign, including an Education Committee of homeless parents and students.
The Speakers Bureau is staffed by 15 people passionate about education and advocacy, the most active homeless leaders at CCH. Talking to audiences about their own lives, they speak about issues related to school access, housing and jobs, and developing opportunities for people to get back on their feet. In FY16, the Speakers Bureau spoke at 85 events, reaching an audience of 4,696 people. More than 90% of our audience is made up of students from the city and suburbs. Continue reading The past, present, and future of the Speakers Bureau
CCH participated in a rally for a fully, funded budget on Thursday, June 30 at the Thompson Center in Chicago. Simultaneously, the Illinois Legislature passed and Governor Rauner signed a stopgap funding plan. SB2047 authorizes spending for human services including programs serving homeless youth, families, and individuals for FY2016 and the first six months of FY2017. Continue reading Governor Rauner signs a stopgap funding plan
CCH applauds Gov. Quinn’s decision to include $3 million in his proposed FY15 education budget to provide tutoring, transportation, and support services for homeless children and teens to help them succeed in school.
Our Speakers Bureau held its annual retreat at Evanston’s Sheil Catholic Center Tuesday evening.
“This is the first retreat I’ve been to. I got a lot out of it,” said Lorenzo Rowell, a leader on the Speakers Bureau. “It kept me in tune, brought me back to what motivates me to be involved, and it’s fun.”