Block Club Chicago-New Program Asks Landlords To Rent Vacant Apartments To Folks In Need

By Ariel Parrella-Aureli, August 8, 2023

About 65,611 Chicagoans experienced homelessness in 2020, according to a 2022 report from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. Advocates have said the number is likely much higher, since it doesn’t account for people more hidden from public view or temporarily doubling up with others.

Chicago Rents leaders hope by having more units available in the program, more people can find stable housing that fits their needs.

“We want to make progress all over the city and in every neighborhood,” Owens said. “The participants are there, the population is there, and we just need the units to be able to help house everyone in trying to end homelessness in the city.”

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Learn about our recent victories in our 2021 Annual Report

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We are grateful for the strong coalition of people with lived experience, community members, direct-service and advocacy organizations, institutional partners, donors, and volunteers who are working every single day to prevent and end homelessness.

Five blocks in a row. Block 1: Photo of a young woman wearing a hijab, standing, speaking to a Black woman in a trucker hat, seated. Block 2: Blue square that reads: 3,000 people who experienced homelessness were reached by our community organizers and legal aid attorneys. Block 3: photo of a white man speaking to a crowd with a bullhorn. The man is wearing a yellow t-shirt with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless logo. Block 4: Blue square that reads: 408 legal aid cases were closed by the Law Project, representing 319 clients. Block 5: two young women with brown hair from behind, seated in front of a laptop.

Strong community support contributed to CCH’s many accomplishments over the last year. Read more about our shared victories during Calendar Year 2021 in our annual report.

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