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June 17, 2013

CCH Awards 6 New College Scholarships June 27

Join us Thursday, June 27 when CCH presents renewable $2,000 college scholarships to six Chicago Public Schools students who achieved academically while coping with homelessness.

A 5:30 reception precedes the hour-long event at 6 p.m. This free event will be held at Loyola University Law School, 25 E. Pearson St., in the 10th floor ceremonial courtroom. The scholarships are funded by private donations to the CCH college scholarship program, now in its tenth year.
The awards program will feature remarks by Linda Lutton, an award-winning education reporter at WBEZ Public Radio. Linda has reported on several issues handled by CCH attorneys over the years, including harassment of homeless and low-income students at a Sauk Village elementary district in the early 2000s, and attempts by a CPS principal to force mid-year transfers of more than 60 homeless students in early 2012. Linda will talk about her work on This American Life’s acclaimed spring series at Chicago’s Harper High School. Read More

Successful State Budget Advocacy

CCH is pleased to report that, during an extremely difficult budget year, housing and homeless service programs were spared funding cuts in the FY 2014 state budget, and even received slight increases in two key areas.

This is significant considering that most discussions taking place in the General Assembly this spring were focused on funding cuts and, indeed, housing and homeless line items were one of only a few areas that were protected in the budget that takes effect July 1.

The state’s Human Services budget was enacted by the Illinois House and Senate before the legislature adjourned on May 31. Homeless prevention funding – small, one-time state grants to households at risk of losing their housing -  will be level-funded at this year’s appropriation of $4 million. Emergency and transitional housing received an increase of $300,000 (3.3%) from this year’s $9.1 million appropriation, resulting in $9.4 million of funding for FY 2014. Homeless youth services received a $500,000 (12.2%) increase from this year’s $4.1 million funding appropriation, resulting in a total of $4.6 million in funding for FY 2014. Read More

Illinois Bill of Rights for the Homeless Sent to the Governor’s Office

After securing a final legislative vote on May 28, the Illinois Bill of Rights for the Homeless (Senate Bill 1210) is headed to Gov. Quinn for final approval.

Illinois would be one of the first states in the nation to pass a Homeless Bill of Rights. Rhode Island enacted similar legislation last June.

The Illinois Homeless Bill of Rights would protect people who experience the loss of housing from discrimination by creating a list of basic rights. These rights include the right to maintain gainful employment, to access emergency medical care, to access public spaces and transit systems, the right to privacy of personal property, records, and information, and the right to vote on the same basis as othersRead More

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Author-signed copies of Blue Balliett’s ‘Hold Fast’ made available for CCH donors

To thank supporters for fiscal year-end donations of $100 or more, CCH will send an author-signed copy of Blue Balliett’s acclaimed new children’s book, Hold Fast

“Chicago-based author Blue Balliett’s new book, Hold Fast is a literary mystery set amid the harsh realities of the homeless,” a Chicago Tribune reviewer wrote. “Joining the ranks of Calder and Petra,
 the resourceful preteen heroes of Balliett’s previous novels, “Chasing Vermeer,” “The Wright 3″ and “The Calder Game,” and Zoomy in “The Danger Box” is 11-year-old Early Pearl, a whip-smart book-loving girlwhose world is upended when her father, Dashel, who works at the Harold Washington Library, goes missing. Read More

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