January 31, 2017
Applications are now available online for our 2017 college scholarships, renewable $2,500 awards given by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless to graduating high school seniors who experienced homelessness.
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, to age 22, who are active with CCH also are eligible. Up to five new recipients will be selected.
Applications are due by Friday, April 14. Read more.
Twenty years of legal aid and advocacy by the Law Project at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless will be celebrated Thursday, March 2 at an evening reception.
Since its launch in February 1997, the Law Project has provided legal aid to almost 5,000 homeless clients, many of them students and unaccompanied youth served by its mobile legal clinic, Youth Futures. Its advocacy has impacted public policy at the city, state and federal level, advancing the protections offered to homeless students, youth, families, and those who are living on the street.
The event at Chez, 247 E. Ontario Street, starts at 5:30 p.m. The evening will feature a short program at 6:15 p.m., with drinks, gourmet food stations and passed hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. A brief program will begin at 6:15 p.m.
When homeless youths need help, Graham Bowman hopes a new app can help them find it.
Bowman, 29, is one of five staff attorneys at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless’ Law Project, which runs a series of mobile legal clinics in shelters, schools and health clinics frequented by homeless youth.
The Law Project partnered with The Young Invincibles and, funded by the Visiting Nurses Association Foundation, designed a GPS-enabled mobile app that will help homeless 15- to 24-year-olds locate the services they need in places they can access. Read more.