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Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
October 16, 2015


Our survey of 101 state-funded homeless service providers found that the state budget impasse has or will soon force 90% of these non-profit agencies to deny assistance to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Agencies reported that they have had to limit their intake of new clients; reduce or eliminate services for current clients; layoff staff and/or impose furlough days or reduce work hours; eliminate programs; and/or close sites.

Homeless service providers have not received any state funding since July 1 for emergency and transitional housing, homelessness prevention, homeless youth programs, and supportive housing services.

CCH continues to push state leaders to end the fiscal crisis. We’ve organized to bring 250 people to Springfield on October 20, when the Illinois House reconvenes. Last spring CCH brought 463 people to Springfield to talk with more than 60 legislators. Read More.


Juanita Patton moved out of shelters and into a home through a new program for ex-offenders. The pilot program was designed and advocated by community leaders and advocates at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

“Everybody deserves a second chance to make a living, to take care of themselves,” said Juanita, interviewed in her south suburban Ford Heights home.

Life went off track for Juanita when she pleaded to a drug possession charge 15 years ago.

Now 50, she had worked since high school as a nurse’s aide. But no matter how solid her work record, after an agency finished its background check, Juanita would be released – sometimes after many months on the job. Juanita ended up homeless between some jobs.

But this year Juanita found an opportunity: She became the first person to be housed through pilot programs for ex-offenders adopted by the housing authorities for Chicago and suburban Cook County. Read more. 

After 20 years of working on behalf of families, youth and adults who are coping with homelessness, our Executive Director, Ed Shurna announced in July his plans to retire this fall.

Over 12 years, Ed’s caring leadership furthered the reach and impact of work done by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. Under his leadership, CCH has led and partnered on effective campaigns, built new relationships in every sector, and strengthened the finances of an organization we are proud to say has never accepted funding from the government groups with which it advocates. Read more.

CCH will celebrate Ed’s work during an evening in his honor on Thursday, November 19. The party will be held at Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 S. Wabash Avenue, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online.



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