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Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

November 30, 2012

Shon’s Equal Voice Story

Equal Voice online newspaper produced More Than Housing: One Person’s Voice, a video featuring CCH leader Shon Robertson and Senior Community Organizer Wayne Richard. Wayne runs Horizons, a creative writing outreach program.

Shon is an activist, spoken word artist, and was once homeless. At the age of 8, Shon became a ward of the state, and at the age of 21, aged out of the system and into homelessness.

Watch Shon’s video on how she survived homelessness and is now a community leader.

Changing the ‘Big Picture’ of Homelessness

In honor of National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week, we invited our board, interns, and volunteers to write about what motivates them in their work for CCH.

J.D. Klippenstein, an intern with our Speakers Bureau and new Education Committee, writes about how he was transformed by the friendships he developed with two homeless men, "Big John" and "Little John."

He writes, "There were laws, policies and broken institutions which, along with a lack of affordable housing, affordable healthcare, and living wage jobs, kept them stuck where they were.  I decided then that I needed to do something about those things, which ultimately led me to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless." Read More

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Stimulus-Funded Housing Program Spurred By CCH Advocacy Proves Effective

A new study proves the effectiveness of a 2009 stimulus-funded housing assistance program piloted after advocacy by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

The city of Chicago-designed program helped 220 families who lived doubled-up with family or friends in the Englewood neighborhood in 2009-10. Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) homeless education staff helped design the Student Family Support Services Initiative (SFSI), and identified the student families who were helped by it.

After the program ended, 71% of families were able to assume responsibility for their own rental housing costs without needing a subsidy, according to the study by the Social IMPACT Research Center at Heartland Alliance. The program offered rental and employment assistance, therapeutic services, and asset-building education. Read More

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