May 31, 2017
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and its Law Project will present renewable $2,500 college scholarships to four students who succeeded in high school while coping with homelessness. Funded by private donors and grants, CCH has awarded more than $275,000 to 55 students since 2004.
Scholarship winners Mayra Fajardo, Niani Scott, Prince Washington, and Avery Williams will be presented at a public awards event on Thursday, June 22.
“We are inspired by these remarkable students,” said Law Project Director Patricia Nix-Hodes. “Despite unstable housing and other barriers, they have demonstrated a commitment to their education. We look forward to seeing what these leaders accomplish in their college years and beyond.” Read more about the winners.
Three statewide measures to help homeless and at-risk youth facing barriers to safe housing and services passed final votes in the Illinois Senate by May 26.
A legislative package CCH calls Three Steps Home, the bills will be forwarded to Gov. Bruce Rauner for his signature or veto.
Also, a bill to provide no-fee birth records to homeless youth and adults was unanimously passed in the Senate and heads to the governor.
CCH Law Project, public policy department and its statewide Youth Committee worked with other advocates to introduce legislation that offers homeless and unaccompanied youth the opportunity to further their education, housing options, and access to counseling. Because of young age and vulnerable circumstances, services to these youth are often been limited. Read more.
CCH recently welcomed Mary Tarullo to the staff, serving as our new associate director of policy. We asked Mary to introduce herself:
I am thrilled to join CCH’s policy team to continue this renowned organization’s mission to end homelessness.
I got my start fighting for the human right to housing in 2004, as a caseworker for people living on the streets in Chicago. Working with people experiencing homelessness, learning about their stories and the obstacles they face, and being confronted with significant structural barriers as someone who was supposed to be able to house people in need — all motivated me to want to tackle the root causes of homelessness. Read more.