April 29, 2016
CCH’s Youth Futures mobile legal aid clinic and the JPMorgan Chase legal department ran a Legal and Identification Clinic for homeless youth Wednesday afternoon. Hosted by the Center on Halsted, an LGBTQ community center in the Lakeview neighborhood, 20 Chase volunteers participated as a part of Chase’s National Day of Service.
Twenty-seven youth and three adults received assistance with identification documents such as birth certificates, Social Security cards, and homeless verification letters for state ID cards. CCH staff were also available to enroll youth in public benefits, such as Medicaid and SNAP enrollments, and to assist with other legal issues.
Said Christine Feaks, a mother of three who attended the clinic, “I came to get a birth certificate for myself and my 6-month-old daughter as well as apply for a Social Security card. This will help in my search for a job that I need to help support my family.” Read More.
Homeless youth and program staff joined CCH outside some of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s nine luxury homes Thursday morning, serving free coffee and urging his neighbors and passersby to voice their support for homeless youth funding.
Twenty-five backpacks lined up along a meticulously trimmed planter outside the high-rise represented the 25,000 homeless Illinois youth who face losing shelter because of the 10-month state budget impasse. More and more programs that shelter, house and counsel youth have been forced to lay off staff and cutback services. A few have already closed. Read More.
Illinois needs to have a fair tax system so those who make more will pay more and those who make less will pay less. Proposed is a change by which 99% of Illinois taxpayers would see a tax cut while creating $1.9 billion more in state revenue.
Please contact your legislators now.
To change the current regressive tax system, Illinois must amend its state constitution. To do this, the Illinois legislature must approve HJRCA59 by a 3/5ths majority in both chambers. The governor’s approval is not necessary. If passed by legislators, a referendum proposing a constitutional amendment would be on the ballot in the November election. Read More.
City promises housing for homeless living in tent camps
By Mark Brown
The city of Chicago has picked 75 chronically homeless people living in tent encampments along North Lake Shore Drive for an experiment of sorts.
For the first time, the city is proposing to rapidly find them housing, an idea that may seem elementary but is actually almost revolutionary here.
Patterned after a “housing first” model that has shown promise in other cities, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration is aiming to find the 75 homeless people a place to live within 60 to 90 days. Read the full Chicago Sun-Times column.