Chicagoans should call 3-1-1 if they need weather-related assistance in frigid winter weather, including access to homeless shelters or city warming centers.
Six neighborhood warming centers, listed below, are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays whenever temperatures go below 32 degrees. All residents can find safe refuge and relief from extreme cold weather at these locations.
Englewood Community Service Center 1140 West 79th Street
Garfield Community Service Center 10 South Kedzie Avenue
Dr. Martin Luther King Community Service Center 4314 South Cottage Grove
North Area Community Service Center 845 West Wilson Avenue
South Chicago Community Service Center 8650 South Commercial Avenue
Trina Davila Community Service Center 4312 West North Avenue
Daihana Estrada, a recent graduate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, is no stranger to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. In fact, she has been involved with CCH for more than a decade, as a scholarship winner, an intern, an advocate, and a member of the scholarship selection committee.
She also recently raised $1,890 for CCH through an online fundraiser, garnering support from 65 people from around the world.
Today, Daihana is a first-year attorney, working as a judicial law clerk in Minnesota. Hers is a journey more than 12 years in the making.
Thomas Edwards joined our staff last month as an Equal Justice Works Fellow in our Law Project. We asked Thomas to introduce himself.
Hi! My name is Thomas Edwards. I’m joining the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) Law Project through a two-year Equal Justice Works Fellowship sponsored by Mondelez International. I’ll be working to develop a Family Law practice at CCH.
A new program will provide eligible CPS students with funding to assist with educational, living, and other expenses.
By Alyssa Phillips, Education Attorney
This week, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Interim Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Dr. José M. Torres announced the creation of the Chicago Families Forward Fund. It will provide a $500 microgrant to CPS students experiencing housing insecurity to assist with needs that families and students are facing.
This funding is critical and a step in the right direction as families and students experiencing homelessness have faced housing instability, job loss, loss of family members and serious health issues during the pandemic. All Chicago families and students need housing and other resources to succeed in school. The direct, flexible payments to CPS families and students experiencing homelessness will allow families and students to address a variety of unique and urgent needs.
CCH and NCLC obtained a class action settlement for former Chicago tenants in a lawsuit challenging a debt collector’s practice of collecting unlawful debt from them after they were evicted.
The Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) and the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) successfully obtained a settlement in a class action lawsuit brought under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) challenging the debt collector’s practice of collecting unlawful debt. A federal judge approved the settlement agreement in the class action lawsuit in July.