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Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
February 28, 2017

Homeless youth can now reserve a shelter bed using a new “Book a Bed” feature on StreetLight Chicago, a free mobile app for homeless youth co-developed by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

Through “Book a Bed,” La Casa Norte makes available four beds at its Back of the Yards shelter, 1736 W. 47th Street. Launched Feb. 6, the pilot allows youth who work evening hours or attend night classes to use StreetLight Chicago to reserve a bed when the 30-bed shelter opens at 9 p.m., said Casa Corazon Program Coordinator Shanavia Stevens. Read more. 

CCH is advocating for two statewide reentry measures that would limit the barrier to jobs and housing triggered by a criminal background check.

The CCH Reentry Project partners in the Restoring Rights and Opportunities Coalition of Illinois (RROCI), organized in 2015 by CCH, Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Community Renewal Society, and Heartland Alliance. RROCI advocates for policies that remove barriers for ex-offenders in reentry, including lifetime employment bans.

RROCI successfully advocated for four jobs bills that boost employment opportunities for returning citizens at schools, park districts, and healthcare facilities. Read more.

Illinois needs a budget that reflects who we are  – a state that wants to give everyone the opportunity to contribute to the greater good. On February 15, Governor Bruce Rauner introduced a budget that fails to meet this standard.

CCH is disappointed that the governor continues to prioritize non-budget items over the needs of families, while at the same time offering a budget that is close to $5 billion out of balance. While we, like the governor, desire to see growth in Illinois and create more jobs, we believe growth in our state will only come if we adequately invest in the people so they can achieve their full potential. Making that investment requires real, permanent, new revenue now that adequately funds homeless services as well as other critical human services, not reforms that hurt working families. Read more.

By Eithne McMenamin
Associate Director of Policy

As my time at CCH draws to a close, I’m feeling a mixture of emotions. I’m excited for my new venture as well as nervous as to what the future holds, and also a little sad that I’m leaving such a great organization. I’m as proud to be associated with this organization after 12 years as I was on my first day back in 2005.

I’m humbled to have been able to be a part of so many great campaigns: It Takes a Home to Raise a Child, the capital budget campaign, Sweet Home Chicago, and our current HomeWorks family homelessness campaign. As well, I’ve had the tremendous good fortune to have worked with countless amazing people both inside and outside of CCH. The people I’ve met and worked with are what have inspired and energized me every day of my time here. Read more.


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