December 8, 2015
Ashley Crump and her children have lived the past few months in a South Side shelter. It isn’t easy, but it’s help the family needs and appreciates.
Because her home healthcare employer failed to pay its staff for weeks, Ashley needs a new job. Having worked full-time since high school, Ashley hopes her job hunt will work out soon. Still, she’s unsure when her family can move back into a home of their own.
“We had a place, but it was difficult to pay all the bills and for food. About 60 percent of my wages went for rent,” she explains.
Knowing what low-income families face, Ashley says she “jumped on board” to volunteer with a new CCH campaign called HomeWorks. Ashley learned about CCH when she met Wayne Richard, one of our long-time organizers, during an outreach session at the shelter. Read More.
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is pleased to announce that Douglas Schenkelberg has been named executive director, assuming his duties January 4.
Doug succeeds Ed Shurna, who retired on November 30 after 12 years as its executive director and almost 20 years at CCH.
“The Board of Directors is delighted that Doug Schenkelberg has been hired and accepted the position of executive director,” said Bernie Dyme, president of the CCH Board. “Doug has a passion and commitment to ending homelessness and brings outstanding leadership skills to the table. We are excited about the energy that he brings and look forward to him building upon the foundation that his predecessors have provided.” Read more.
During public schools’ Report Card Pick-Up Day, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless released a report card of its own – assessing how the city of Chicago fails to meets the needs of its homeless students and families.
The report card was released as CCH launches HomeWorks, a multi-year campaign to create affordable housing for homeless families and improve school services for homeless students.
Working with parent leaders and housing providers, HomeWorks will advocate for improved school services and more family-sized housing, including 500 housing units for families through the Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund.
“Homelessness has immensely affected my children’s education,” Latoya Ellis said at the City Hall press conference on November 18. “My 8-year-old last year was doing so well in school that they wanted to skip up a grade level. Now his reading comprehension and his math are not up to level. Homelessness is a major distraction. Read more.
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