April 28, 2017
A new analysis by Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) shows that 82% of homeless people in Chicago in 2015 sought shelter with relatives and friends, also known as being “doubled-up.”
CCH’s report was released last week as its HomeWorks campaign joined the city of Chicago in announcing the city’s new school-based housing initiative. The Housing Homeless Families program will offer permanent housing to 100 homeless families attending six Chicago Public Schools located in high-crime communities.
“The City of Chicago is committed to helping families in every neighborhood work, thrive and provide for their own, because no child should be worried about where they are going to sleep at night,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Our partners at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless share in this vision, as demonstrated by their unwavering advocacy on behalf of Chicago’s students and families. I want to thank them for their partnership on a new program to house 100 of our most vulnerable families this summer.” Read more.
Thirty homeless Chicago youth needing legal aid or help obtaining their birth records received services April 26, during a two-hour clinic organized by the CCH Law Project.
The clinic was staffed by CCH’s Youth Futures mobile legal clinic and by 27 volunteers, including attorneys, from Chase Bank. Teen Living Programs, 5501 S. Indiana Avenue, hosted the event.
Attorneys helped youth, ages 13 through 24, apply for birth certificates. They also helped unaccompanied youth apply for public benefits, such as Medicaid and SNAP food benefits, and advised youth with other legal needs. Read more.
They Don’t Live Under A Bridge, But They’re Still Homeless
By Mark Brown
I spent a heartbreaking couple of hours last week sitting around a table with six high school students who would tell you without hesitation that they are homeless even though they go to bed at night with a roof over their heads.
Each of these young people has been living “doubled up,” staying with relatives or friends after losing their own housing because of financial hardships.
It’s a hard way to live, they wanted me to know, in some ways more difficult than staying in a homeless shelter, which several of them also have done. Read more.