January 29, 2016
A Lake County judge ordered the release of $36.4 million in escrowed funds for rental subsidies earlier this month, after CCH and other advocates convinced all parties to agree to the order.
Funds were frozen in escrow for more than two years, threatening rent subsidies that help house 2,232 extremely low-income Illinois households, including 1,082 Chicago families. Qualifying households earn 30% or less than Area Median Income, or $22,800 for a family of four in metropolitan Chicago.
The Illinois Rental Housing Support Program was created in 2005, after a CCH housing campaign passed legislation to create a $10 fee on real estate recordings. Funds are distributed statewide, providing subsidies to landlords who rent to extremely low-income households. Read more.
Many thanks to the Associate Board of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, which surpassed its 2015 fundraising goal of $40,000.
Led by President Casey Wittekind and Vice President Ryan Cameron, the group raised $40,167 last year.
The Associate Board is a group of about 25 young professionals who volunteer to run special events and small benefits to support CCH’s mission.
In 2015, their efforts included a Chicago Cubs baseball outing, a Halloween party at AliveOne and a trivia night at Emporium Arcade Bar. Several Associate Board members also raised pledges for CCH through their participation in the Ravenswood 5K and the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Read More.
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Our Law Project staff and interns continue to monitor how the city of Chicago implements its policy regulating the seizure of personal property taken from homeless people who live on the street.
The policy was adopted in January 2015 after CCH, working with another legal aid group and private law firm, settled a case challenging the city’s practice of confiscating and destroying personal property. This included sleeping bags and medicine taken when the city ran “sweeps” of people who sleep on Lower Wacker Drive and under the Wilson Avenue viaduct at Lake Shore Drive.
Through the past year, the Law Project monitored approximately 20 street cleanings. Staff and interns also held 80 interviews with people who live on the street, including some follow-up interviews. This outreach and observation has raised significant concerns about the city’s compliance with its own policy. Read more.
Thanks to our dedicated supporters like you and the Yelp Foundation, CCH won the most local votes – and a $5,000 grant – in the social media contest Yelp Foundation Gives Local.
Yelp Foundation announced yesterday that it will award $750,000 in grants to 225 non-profits working in 75 communities across the U.S. Yelp selected three finalists in each city, then asked the community to vote daily for two weeks in December on their preferred charities. Read More.