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Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
November 28, 2016

StreetLight Chicago is a new, free mobile phone app designed for use by homeless youth and the social service providers that support this vulnerable population.

Launched Nov. 14, this mobile app gives timely information about the resources available to help youth, to age 24, who are homeless and living on their own.

Listings include health care services, overnight shelters, drop-in centers, and legal aid programs that serve Chicago youth. The app also sends push notifications for weather emergencies, program closings, and other issues vital to youth on the street. Read more. 

CCH is encouraging supporters to sign up for monthly giving tomorrow in honor of Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving that kicks off the year-end charitable giving season. 

Monthly gifts or a one-time gift would help CCH meet our goal of raising $8,000 to continue our fight for homeless families in Springfield.

“We are trying to raise enough to cover the cost of bringing 200 people to Springfield to advocate on behalf of homeless families, youth and adults,” explains Executive Director Doug Schenkelberg. 

CCH is the only non-profit in Illinois solely focused on advocacy for and with people experiencing homelessness. All donations to the non-profit are tax-deductible. Read more.

With the state’s 18-month stopgap budget set to expire on Dec. 31, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless brought 136 homeless leaders and students to Springfield to talk to 42 legislators during the veto session.

During the November 16 lobby day, CCH leaders asked legislators to pass a responsible budget with adequate revenue. CCH sponsored three buses that brought leaders from neighborhoods all over Chicago, as well as Aurora, Joliet, and Waukegan.

Leaders visited legislators’ offices and had an opportunity to speak to them and their staffs.  They shared their stories of how the budget crisis has impacted their access to services, and their worries if providers shut down more programs without further funding. CCH leaders suggested revenue solutions that could help state leaders avoid devastating cuts to human services. Read more. 

CCH welcomed six new members to its Board of Directors in November. New to the 28-member CCH Board are: Tracy Baim of Windy City TimesMegan Finkelman of HY ConnectCaronina Grimble of the Woods Fund of Chicago, Claire Lew of Know Your Company, Dr. Mikal N. Rasheed of Chicago State University’s Department of Social Work (emeritus), and Brett Rausch of Wells Fargo. Read more.


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