March 23, 2016
Every year the CCH Law Project receives many calls from low-income students and families who are being pressured by their schools to pay hundreds of dollars in fees for graduation, senior luncheons, end-of-the year field trips, and more.
Yet under state law, many of these fees are required to be waived for students and families unable to afford them, including those who are homeless or low-income.
The Law Project is available to assist students and families seeking school fee waivers. Families needing information or assistance can call toll-free at (800) 940-1119. Read More.
After a meeting with Gov. Bruce Rauner resulted in the governor rejecting appropriation options for critical homeless and housing services, advocates from CCH rallied at the Thompson Center to urge immediate funding of vital services that keep people off the street.
Please contact your legislators in support of homeless youth.
Flanked by state legislators, 65 homeless youth advocates unrolled their sleeping bags to “sleep in” the public Thompson Center to call attention to this life-threatening issue.
“We are here to ask why the governor lied to us, why he said he would consider ‘creative funding’ just to turn around and literally leave people out in the cold,” said Julie Dworkin, director of policy. “They released the funds for the lottery, so why not homeless youth? Shame on Governor Rauner – this is a life and death issue for us.” Read More.
CCH Attorneys and their co-counsels at Hughes Socol Piers Resnick Dym, Ltd. and the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, Inc. have sued the city of Chicago for illegally destroying property, including prescriptions, belonging to a homeless man living on the street on the Near West Side.
This is the first case filed under the newly enacted Illinois Bill of Rights for the Homeless Act.
Robert Henderson, 62, lived underneath a viaduct on Chicago’s Near West Side. On the morning of November 2, 2015, he left briefly. When he returned, he was told that city workers had thrown all his possessions into a garbage truck. City officials told other individuals who lived under the viaduct, and later Mr. Henderson, that they had to leave due to complaints from a nearby business. Read More.
Our new executive director, Doug Schenkelberg, is running the Boston Marathon for the first time this April! In honor of his run, he has taken on the ambitious challenge of raising $5,000 for CCH.
According to Doug, "I was lucky enough to qualify for the Boston Marathon this last year and will be running it on April 18. One thing that made qualifying possible for me was the fact that I and my family have permanent housing. Here at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH), we are working every day to ensure that everyone has that same stability."
Please consider welcoming him to the CCH family with a small gift to support his run.
“Because they have nowhere to go and are trying to survive” homeless people on the street often face unjust arrest, Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli said during her remarks at Thursday’s Justice Circle reception.
The Law Project at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless honored three attorneys who donated hundreds of hours working pro bono with our legal staff, negotiating a 2015 city policy to protect the belongings of homeless people who live outdoors.
Honored were (above, from right) Matthew J. Piers, president of Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd.; Claudia Flores, formerly of Hughes Socol and now director of the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School; and Paul Strauss, co-director of litigation at Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. Read More.