Re-Entry Organizer  

Job Description: To organize and develop a network of homeless and formerly homeless individuals who are survivors of the sex trade and/or the formerly incarcerated and will work to advance racial equity. 

About CCH: 

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is a 42 -year-old systemic advocacy organization. CCH develops campaigns and initiatives to address the causes of homelessness – lack of affordable housing, lack of access to health care and services and lack of jobs paying a living wage. We place much emphasis on organizing and developing leaders who have experienced homelessness to become spokespersons and leaders of our various initiatives. CCH does its work in accordance with its organizational values – collaboration, integrity, strategic action, compassion, and intersectionality. We recognize that homelessness is a problem that stems from systemic racism and that biases and prejudices are embedded in the fabric of society, and thus, also permeate organizations like ours. CCH is committed to advancing racial equity in the workplace, through the work of our racial equity committee, and through the campaigns and initiatives we choose. 

Job Responsibilities:  

  • Meet with shelter residents and other homeless people on a regular basis 
  • Develop and maintain relationships with shelter residents 
  • Develop leadership among homeless leaders, using motivational skills and a positive attitude 
  • Promote and facilitate relationships with service providers, primarily members of CCH and Reentry Committee 
  • Develop written materials and provide supporting information for project-specific proposals relating to the project 
  • Assist with training base members in organizing principles and tactics 
  • Work as a team member and do work in support of general CCH activities, as requested 
  • Attending all staff and program meetings, as required 
  • Works in collaboration with all CCH departments—CCH believes strongly in interdepartmental collaboration and expects all staff to work in close partnership with the other departments at the organization 

Qualifications/Skills:  

  • This is an entry level position, best suited for those familiar with a diverse range of organizing tactics and strategies 
  •  Experience in strategic action and building grassroots power through civic engagement.      
  • Experience building and developing grassroots leadership participation.    
  • Effective communication, including written and oral presentations. 
  • Demonstrated excellence in relationship-building skills. 
  • Demonstrated strong project management skills. 
  • Experience working with people from a wide range of backgrounds  
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment 

Salary : $ 47,000 with a highly competitive benefits package  

All employees should be up to date on vaccination series as indicted by the CDC.  The currently approved vaccines under this policy are: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. No vaccine shall be designated unless and until it is fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or approved by the FDA for emergency use authorization.   Fully vaccinated means at least two weeks after the final shot in the required timing and dosage (one shot for Johnson & Johnson, two shots for Moderna with 28 days between shots, and two shots for Pfizer with 21 days between shots). 

 
Prospective employees will be expected to comply with this policy within two months of accepting their offer of employment. 
 

 
Please send resume and cover letter to:  organizerpositions@chicagohomeless.org 

The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless believes that personnel diversity is an organizational strength and recognizes and values the intersectional identities that staff members bring to our organization. We are enriched by the diverse experiences, beliefs, and ways of thinking that employees of different backgrounds bring.  

People of color and people who have experienced homelessness or poverty are strongly encouraged to apply. Fair consideration is given to all qualified applicants regardless of criminal record. CCH is committed to providing equal employment consideration without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, disability, religion, national origin, ancestry, military status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or any other legally protected status.  

Senior Field Organizer 

Job Description: This position is responsible for base building, and relationship building among people with lived experience of homelessness and organizations who serve people experiencing homelessness. This position primarily focuses community outreach to sheltered populations. This position supports organizational campaigns through leadership development, as well as mobilization and will also work to advance racial equity. 

About CCH: 

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is a 42-year-old systemic advocacy organization. CCH develops campaigns and initiatives to address the causes of homelessness – lack of affordable housing, lack of access to health care and services and lack of jobs paying a living wage. We place much emphasis on organizing and developing leaders who have experienced homelessness to become spokespersons and leaders of our various initiatives. CCH does its work in accordance with its organizational values – collaboration, integrity, strategic action, compassion, and intersectionality. We recognize that homelessness is a problem that stems from systemic racism and that biases and prejudices are embedded in the fabric of society, and thus, also permeate organizations like ours. CCH is committed to advancing racial equity in the workplace, through the work of our racial equity committee, and through the campaigns and initiatives we choose. 

Job Responsibilities:  

  • Build and maintain a regular schedule of outreach to shelters 
  • Identify and develop leadership among people with lived experience of homelessness 
  • Develop and maintain a core group of grassroots leaders who are sheltered 
  • Plan, conduct, and execute direct actions 
  • Work as a team member and do work in support of general CCH activities, as requested. 
  • Assist with training base members in organizing principles and tactics 
  • Attending all staff and program meetings, as required 
  • Works in collaboration with all CCH departments—CCH believes strongly in interdepartmental collaboration and expects all staff to work in close partnership with the other departments at the organization 

Qualifications/Skills:  

This is a mid-level position. 

  •   Previous experience as a community organizer in a direct-action community organization. 
  •   Prior experience with grassroots leadership development 
  • Familiarity with diverse range of organizing tactics and strategies 
  • Experience working with diverse population 
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships 
  • Supervisory experience. 
  • Effective communication skills, verbal and written. 
  • Demonstrated ability to stay on task and meet deadlines 

Salary range: $53,000-$57,000  based on experience, highly competitive benefits package  

All employees should be up to date on vaccination series as indicted by the CDC.  The currently approved vaccines under this policy are: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. No vaccine shall be designated unless and until it is fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or approved by the FDA for emergency use authorization.   Fully vaccinated means at least two weeks after the final shot in the required timing and dosage (one shot for Johnson & Johnson, two shots for Moderna with 28 days between shots, and two shots for Pfizer with 21 days between shots). 

 
Prospective employees will be expected to comply with this policy within two months of accepting their offer of employment. 
 

 
Please send resume,  and  cover letter: organizerpositions@chicagohomeless.org  

The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless believes that personnel diversity is an organizational strength and recognizes and values the intersectional identities that staff members bring to our organization. We are enriched by the diverse experiences, beliefs, and ways of thinking that employees of different backgrounds bring.  

People of color and people who have experienced homelessness or poverty are strongly encouraged to apply. Fair consideration is given to all qualified applicants regardless of criminal record. CCH is committed to providing equal employment consideration without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, disability, religion, national origin, ancestry, military status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or any other legally protected status.  

Chicago Latina Files Lawsuit Challenging False Arrest By Chicago Police

CHICAGO – A Chicago police officer’s obscene verbal tirade escalated into the officer’s physical assault and false arrest of a Chicago woman in June 2020, according to a federal lawsuit filed today. Chicago police are accused of unlawfully arresting Julie Campos, a Southside Latina resident—who was 19 years old at the time—at her place of employment, a Family Dollar store located on East 79th Street. The ACLU of Illinois (“ACLU”), the Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (“CCH”), and the law firm of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP are representing Ms. Campos in the lawsuit challenging false arrest. 
 
Ms. Campos was working at the store on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, cleaning up property damage that had occurred in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. The lawsuit asserts that, after Ms. Campos videoed the officer who physically assaulted her, Ms. Campos was falsely arrested on a trumped-up charge and unlawfully detained for hours—separated from her infant son. 

White text in all caps on a blue gradient background reads "Julie Campos v. City Of Chicago, Eric Taylor, and Treacher Howard" Center below text is the CCH Logo, a cartoon person crouched in a white house, to the right of logo reads " Law Project, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless". Lawsuit Challenges False Arrest.

“I was confused and scared throughout this entire experience,” said Ms. Campos. “It was shocking that just getting up and going to work could result in being arrested.” 

“The body cam and other video of this incident show a CPD officer completely out of control. The City never should have allowed this officer onto the street,” said Joshua Levin, staff attorney for the ACLU. The officer has a lengthy history of civilian complaints, but never had been adequately disciplined or retrained by the Chicago Police Department. 

Arturo Hernandez, a senior attorney at CCH, stated, “Ms. Campos, a young mother who was experiencing housing instability at the time, was at work trying to provide for her family when she endured this horrific experience at the hands of Chicago Police officers. This should not happen to anyone. If CPD doesn’t take action to adequately train their officers, or adequately discipline officers who engage in misconduct like the officers in this case—how will relations between the community and the police change?” 

The officers’ body camera video shows CPD Officers Eric Taylor and Treacher Howard pulled into the store parking lot where employees were busy cleaning up so that the business could reopen to serve the community. Ms. Campos was making repeated trips in and out of the back entrance to throw out trash from the damaged store. 

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While in the store parking lot, Officer Taylor instigated a shouting match with one of Ms. Campos’ coworkers. Officer Taylor made vulgar sexual comments about the employee’s mother and oral sex, using racist epithets. 

“Officer Taylor’s dehumanizing language—and his completely unnecessary escalation of conflict with this community member—is maddening to watch,” Levin added. “These Chicagoans were at work just doing their jobs.” 

After Officer Taylor’s argument with the employee, Ms. Campos continued cleaning the store. As she was carrying boxes through the store doorway to the dumpster, Ms. Campos came face-to-face with Officer Taylor, who was charging inside. Unbeknownst to Ms. Campos, Officer Taylor was looking to arrest Ms. Campos’ coworker, with whom he had instigated the earlier argument. Frightened by the officer coming toward her, Ms. Campos momentarily froze. Officer Taylor said “step back, step back,” then grabbed Ms. Campos, forcibly shoved her, and struck her face. As Ms. Campos fell backward, Officer Taylor, his partner Officer Howard, and other CPD officers entered the store. No one checked to see if Ms. Campos had been injured.  

As Officer Taylor stomped through the store, Ms. Campos pulled out her phone and began recording him and saying that he had punched her. Although Ms. Campos had a First Amendment right to record Officer Taylor and criticize his misconduct, Officer Taylor approached her, twisted her arms—forcing her to stop recording—and placed her under arrest for purportedly obstructing a police officer. 

“There was no legal basis whatsoever to arrest Ms. Campos for ‘obstructing an officer’; this was a blatant violation of Ms. Campos’s constitutional rights,” the ACLU’s Levin explained.    

Ms. Campos was taken to a CPD station, where she was detained and physically restrained for nearly five hours. While holding Ms. Campos in custody, Officers Taylor and Howard refused to tell her when she would be released and when she would be able to see her one-year-old son again. Defendant Taylor even taunted Ms. Campos about her inability to contact her child or her child’s daycare while in custody. 

Months later, the false charge against Ms. Campos was dropped.  

“My hope is that this lawsuit will help make sure that this doesn’t happen to anyone else,” said Ms. Campos. “I’m concerned that something like this could happen to me again. But I’m more afraid for when my Latino son grows up. I’m afraid for what could happen to him if we continue to have police officers like Officer Taylor patrolling this city.” 

“Not only was Ms. Campos arrested and detained when she did not do anything wrong, but the officers lied on the police reports. They fabricated information to cover up the false arrest—a widespread practice CPD officers use to conceal misconduct,” said Levin. 

“This sort of behavior by CPD officers is the antithesis of public safety and constitutional policing,” Levin added. “And the City is directly responsible because it fails to adequately train, supervise, and discipline officers like Taylor who have egregious records of misconduct.” Officer Taylor has racked up more civilian complaints than 93% of other officers. Levin explained: “This case exemplifies the City’s systemic failure to take abusive officers off the streets.” 

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If you or someone you know is in a transitory living situation and needs legal support the Law Project can be reached weekdays on its toll-free helpline:  1 (800) 940-1119.

Related Media Coverage:

Video of Police Cam footage: https://youtu.be/rCNyyBjFeoI

Tribune

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-aclu-lawsuit-chicago-police-arrest-20220526-ywksug2l75gwxg34eulugt2uoe-story.html   

Sun Times 

https://chicago.suntimes.com/2022/5/26/23143373/federal-suit-alleges-cpd-officer-struck-falsely-arrested-woman-recording-misconduct-2020

Univision Chicago

https://www.univision.com/local/chicago-wgbo/hispana-presenta-demanda-contra-policia-de-chicago-por-falso-arresto-y-agresion

Crains: The mansion tax proposal is back, and it’s less hated than it used to be

By DENNIS RODKIN  April 11, 2022

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A revived effort to make buyers of high-end homes pay an additional tax to help homelessness may have come at the right time, as some real estate industry sources say affluent homebuyers “won’t flinch” at paying it. 
 
After running the gauntlet of finding a home in a market where inventory is tight, bidding is competitive and prices are rising fast, buyers “aren’t going to blink at paying one more fee, which is what this tax is,” said Leslie Struthers, senior loan officer at the mortgage firm Guaranteed Rate

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Austin Weekly News: West Side alderpeople split over homelessness resolution

By Igor Studenkov April 8, 2021

Two West Side alderpeople took very different positions on a proposal to create a dedicated funding stream for addressing homelessness during a town hall held March 31 at Deborah’s Place, a homeless services provider located at 2822 W. Jackson Blvd. in East Garfield Park.

For the past few years, Bring Chicago Home, a coalition made up of affordable housing providers, social service organizations and labor unions, have been urging the city to raise the Real Estate Transfer Tax for properties worth more than $1 million in order to fund initiatives to tackle homelessness.
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Block Club: West Side Health Centers, Shelters Push For City Law To Devote More Money For Homelessness Prevention

By Pascal Sabino April 7, 2021

EAST GARFIELD PARK — Shelters, medical providers and social service groups are pushing West Side alderpeople to back a campaign to generate tens of millions of city dollars for preventing homelessness.

Housing advocates detailed the campaign, Bring Chicago Home, at a March 31 town hall at Deborah’s Place, a women’s shelter in East Garfield Park.

The coalition members — UCAN, Franciscan Outreach, Saint Anthony Hospital, West Side United and Loretto Hospital — aims to place a referendum on ballot for the November general election that would ask Chicagoans if they’d support increasing the Real Estate Transfer Tax by 1.9 percent on properties sold for more than $1 million.

Continue reading Block Club: West Side Health Centers, Shelters Push For City Law To Devote More Money For Homelessness Prevention

Newcity: Today In The Culture, March 29, 2022: Designing DuSable Park | Giuseppe Tentori Sandwiches | “Of Mice and Men” Ballet

By RAY PRIDE

March 29, 2022

“The Chicago Park District selected Carol Ross Bar­ney and Brook Archi­tec­ture to design DuSable Park—one of the city’s most anticipated and symbolism-laden public projects. Planned since 1987, the park will be located on reclaimed land at the meeting of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River and will honor Jean Baptiste Point DuSable,” reports Architectural Record. “My partner RaMona Westbrook [of Brook Architecture] did an immense amount of research about Jean Baptiste DuSable before we turned our proposal in,” she says in an interview.

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Block Club: City Should Boost Spending On Homeless Services By Raising Taxes On The Priciest Property Sales, ‘Bring Chicago Home’ Organizers Say

By Maxwell Evans Mar. 25, 2021

HYDE PARK — Diavionne “China” Brown, tired of being subjected to mental and physical abuse in an unstable living situation, left home in October.

Upon leaving, Brown experienced the struggles of homelessness and life in shelters — including her first shelter, where poor living conditions and institutional control left the 21-year-old “feeling like I was in jail,” she said.

Brown has since found a residence through the Expedited Housing Initiative, but some of her friends — like 58,000 other Chicagoans, according to pre-pandemic estimates — are still without a permanent place to live.
Continue reading Block Club: City Should Boost Spending On Homeless Services By Raising Taxes On The Priciest Property Sales, ‘Bring Chicago Home’ Organizers Say

Hyde Park Herald: Activists Renew Push For Homeless Funding at Kenwood Town Hall

By Andrea Holliday, contributing writer Mar 25, 2022

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South Shore resident Anne Holcomb (right) cheered from the audience as well as the podium at the town hall at KAM Isaiah Israel on March 23, 2022. Courtesy Jewish Council on Urban Affairs

After a two-year lull, activists seeking city funds for the homeless launched a new campaign Wednesday night in their contest with Mayor Lori Lightfoot. A well-attended “town hall” meeting in Kenwood was the first of four designed to put heat on a few of the City Council’s most influential members — in this case, Alds. Sophia King (4th), Leslie Hairston (5th), Pat Dowell (3rd) and Gregory Mitchell (7th), all of whom either declined to attend or did not respond to the event invitation.   

City Should Boost Spending On Homeless Services By Raising Taxes On The Priciest Property Sales, ‘Bring Chicago Home’ Organizers Say

By Maxwell Evans March 25, 2022 8:34 a.m. CT

Diavionne “China” Brown, 21, speaks to attendees about her experience with homelessness as a young adult during Wednesday’s town hall to kick off the Bring Chicago Home campaign at KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd.

HYDE PARK — Diavionne “China” Brown, tired of being subjected to mental and physical abuse in an unstable living situation, left home in October.

Upon leaving, Brown experienced the struggles of homelessness and life in shelters — including her first shelter, where poor living conditions and institutional control left the 21-year-old “feeling like I was in jail,” she said.

Brown has since found a residence through the Expedited Housing Initiative, but some of her friends — like 58,000 other Chicagoans, according to pre-pandemic estimates — are still without a permanent place to live.