February 24, 2016
After promising to consider legislation that would immediately fund services to homeless youth, Gov. Rauner, through his policy director, told CCH, youth, and providers on Tuesday afternoon that his office would not support the bills at this time.
In a meeting arranged by CCH, the governor met personally with homeless youth on Friday to hear the stories of how the state-funded programs had changed their lives, helping them gain employment and get stably housed. Caprice Williams, 22, said closing the program would be like losing the only family she and her infant daughter have.
“Ninety-percent of the funding contained in HB 4955 and SB 2603 is sitting in dedicated funds that are building up as real estate and foreclosure-related fees are collected,” said Julie Dworkin, director of policy for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. “We can’t understand why the governor would choose to let these funds sit there while homeless youth are going to end up back on the streets.” Read More.
Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli will give remarks at Thursday’s Justice Circle reception, hosted at the offices of Baker & McKenzie LLP.
During the Feb. 25 evening reception, CCH will honor three attorneys who donated hundreds of hours working pro bono with the CCH Law Project. Together, we negotiated a 2015 city policy to protect the belongings of homeless people who live outdoors.
Though the Justice Circle, legal professionals and law firms support the work of the Law Project at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, including its Youth Futures mobile legal aid clinic.
The reception begins 5:30 p.m. at Baker & McKenzie, 300 E. Randolph Street.
Attendees are asked to RSVP to Ali Heinen, though guests are welcome to drop by.
Each summer, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless awards $2,500 renewable college scholarships to graduating seniors who experienced homelessness during high school.
Applications for 2016 are now available online. Due by Friday, April 15 at 4:30 p.m., the application includes two letters of reference.
Who’s eligible to apply? Graduating seniors from Chicago and suburban schools who were homeless at some point while attending high school, as verified by the student’s school. This includes unaccompanied youth who were living on their own without a parent or guardian. Youth leaders active with CCH also are eligible. Read More.