Homeless and low-income students in Illinois qualify to have public school fees waived. If waived, a fee is not charged and the student does not owe fees to the school.
Yet every year, the Law Project gets calls from students and parents whose public school is pressing them to pay fees before graduation and the end of the school year.
A student or parent must file a written request to have fees waived. If a student qualifies for a fee waiver, school officials cannot bar a student from attending prom or graduation or obtaining transcripts – though some students who call for help have been incorrectly told this will happen if they do not pay.
CCH is proud to host a premiere run screening of The Homestretch on Monday, Sept. 15 at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.
Donors and supporters have been invited to view the 89-minute film at 6 p.m., followed by a brief panel discussion featuring Director/Producers Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly, CCH youth leader Tia Carter, Homeless Liaison Patricia Scott (Prosser Career Academy), and one of the youths featured in the film.
Mayor Emanuel has announced a pilot program between the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and three service providers from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) Re-entry Project Committee that will allow select program participants with criminal backgrounds to access CHA housing.
Gov. Pat Quinn signed the Illinois Bill of Rights for the Homeless (Senate Bill 1210) on Thursday, making ours the second state in the country to enact a bill barring discrimination against people without housing.