To help people who are coping with homelessness, CCH community organizers offer outreach at shelters, street programs, and single-room occupancy (SRO) facilities.
Each month, organizers offer outreach at 30 facilities serving families, youths and adults across Chicago, including programs serving adults in reentry and Spanish-speaking families, youth and adults. Organizers also outreach to people living on the street and in encampments. Keith Freeman, Alyssa Rodriguez, Bisma Shoukat, and Ali Simmons organize in these communities.
Associate Director of Organizing Jim Picchetti also mobilizes the State Network, organizing congregations, service providers and homeless leaders in 14 suburban and downstate communities — Aurora, Belvidere, Bolingbrook, Evanston, Joliet, Maywood/Oak Park, Naperville, Rockford, Romeoville, Springfield, Waukegan, Wheaton, and Zion.
A Speakers Bureau with 15 homeless leaders talks to school, civic and religious groups about their experiences with homelessness. They reach an audience of over 3,500 people a year. Led by Organizer Claudia Cabrera, the bureau also mobilizes high school and college students to advocate with city and state officials.
In other outreach, Youth Futures runs a mobile legal aid clinic that makes 15 monthly stops at high schools and neighborhood programs serving unaccompanied youth in Chicago. Outreach sites include the Broadway Youth Center, Center on Halsted, Covenant House, El Rescate, Ignite, La Casa Norte, StandUp for Kids, the Crib and Ujima Village overnight youth shelters, and legal clinics held over 30 times a year at Chicago Public high schools.
During outreach sessions, CCH staff offer practical information. This includes telling parents about a homeless child’s right to free transportation to school, or informing low-income older youth and adults of eligibility to apply for health care through Medicaid.
Through outreach, CCH involves homeless youth, parents and single adults in advocacy campaigns that create access and economic opportunities for people living in extreme poverty.
For more information, contact Director of Organizing Wayne Richard at (312) 641-4140.