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May 3, 2013

Marilyn Escoe's Journey from Crisis to Strength

Our work reaches families like Marilyn Escoe and her children. They lived in their North Lawndale apartment for six years, happy to be living half a block from the children’s grade school.

But when Marilyn lost her job in 2011, the family soon lost their two-bedroom apartment. Marilyn sought help from Chicago’s “311” homeless assistance call center, managed by Catholic Charities. The family was placed in available beds in a shelter 16 miles away, in the Rogers Park neighborhood. 

Last summer, Marilyn decided to join CCH outreach efforts that help other students whose families are homeless.

“I do it because I can get strength from other people who are struggling, because I didn’t know these things myself, and it’s good for my children to see that other people go through things. And just because we’re temporarily housed, you can still get a good education and know your rights,” she explained. Read More

Todd Rundgren Headlines Hopefest

Todd Rundgren will headline Hopefest 2013, a May 19 concert at the Park West benefiting the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

For his “official state visit” to Chicago, Todd Rundgren will bring an exciting new show that features music from his new album, State.

State is “a fusion of rock, soul, R&B and electronica that is at once danceable, groundbreaking, spiritual, challenging and infectious.” Todd’s 24th solo album will be released widely on April 9. Read More

Homeless Children are 8% of 45,870 Students Impacted by Chicago Schools’ Closing/Merger Plans

There are 45,870 Chicago students attending the 137 schools impacted by a pending CPS plan that would realize the largest mass closure of schools by any U.S. city.
And 3,906 of these students are homeless children and teens, 8.5% of the impacted enrollment, per an analysis by CCH. That’s more than twice the share of homeless students citywide, which CPS has identified at 4% of its enrollment.

The CPS plan includes closing 53 grade schools, merging them into 55 other schools that together enroll 35,511 pupils. Eight percent, or 2,865, of these children are homeless. Read More

CCH has charted school-by-school CPS data – view them here.

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CCH Survivor-Leader Cited For Her Moving Testimony As Illinois Senate Votes For SB 1872

The Illinois Senate voted 53-1 to pass a bill that would discontinue charging prostitution at the felony level, with several senators citing moving testimony given by a CCH community leader, Glenda Sykes.

Senate Bill 1872 has moved to the Illinois House for consideration, where it was transferred to the House Rules Committee.

A prostitution survivor, Glenda Sykes, testified March 13 before a Senate committee considering SB 1872, a measure proposed by End Demand Illinois. Glenda testified that having a felony record makes it very difficult to build a new life and support herself. Glenda has applied for work as a nursing home aide. Read More

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