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Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
March 10, 2015

A group of 137 shelter residents, homeless providers and students traveled to Springfield with CCH last Wednesday. They talked to legislators about devastating cutbacks to homeless services proposed in Gov. Rauner’s FY16 state budget.

More than 12,500 Illinois households would lose shelter, housing or services, as CCH detailed on our blog after the budget was announced on Feb. 18.

Our in-person advocacy, backed by a Twitter storm of a few hundred tweets and retweets, had impact. Our leaders talked to 61 legislators – 34 state representatives and 27 state senators, 44 Democrats and 17 Republicans.  Read more.

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon Lottery opened today and CCH is forming a Marathon team!

Because CCH is unable to participate as an official affiliated charity this year, all who are interested in joining our team will register through the marathon lottery before it closes on Tuesday, April 21. Unfortunately, this means that race entrance will not be guaranteed for CCH team members.

All team members will be invited to participate in training runs and other team-building events this summer in preparation for the October 11 race.

Runners will be asked to set a $1,000 fundraising goal, to be raised online in conjunction with their race training. CCH will reimburse runners for the $185 marathon registration fee after they reach their goal.

Please contact Claire Sloss for more information or to let her know that you plan to run with CCH! 

CCH’s legal team reached an agreement with the city of Chicago in January, creating a policy protecting the belongings of homeless people living on Lower Wacker Drive and under the Wilson Avenue viaduct. 

More than a year ago, we learned that city workers were discarding the personal property of people living on the streets. Blankets, clothing, medicine, identification and other important documents were all regularly disposed of during frequent but unpredictable street cleanings. 

“It’s a rough life out there…when the police come through...you have to start from scratch again,” said Law Project client Bob McMahon.

Among other protections, the new agreement requires prior warning to be given before street cleanings and removal of personal items, and case management and services to be provided. Read more.

We are so grateful to you for supporting Chicago Coalition for the Homeless’ community organizers, policy experts and legal team, who are fighting to break the cycle of extreme poverty and homelessness. Together, we can ensure the development of permanent, effective solutions to the issues faced by the ever-growing number of homeless families, youth and adults. 

CCH has never accepted government funding. Our presence in Springfield and City Hall would be impossible without the support of dedicated donors like you. Renew your membership today!

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