June 30, 2017
CCH's Horizons creative writing workshop hosted 35 parents and children from two South Side shelters at its yearly poetry showcase, held June 20 at Chicago’s Intuit gallery.
Seven parents and three children shared their own poetry during a one-hour showcase.
Residents from Primo Center for Women and Children and A Safe Haven South participated, led by Associate Director of Organizing Wayne Richard. Through Horizons, Wayne leads bi-weekly writing sessions for parents and older children at five family shelters. Read more.
Crowded houses: Program seeks to aid homeless forced to live with family, friends
By Tony Briscoe
Pandemonium has been the norm for 17-year-old Sonitra Mitchell in the two years since her family lost their north suburban apartment and moved in with more than a dozen relatives living at her grandmother’s Far South Side two-flat.
Each morning, before the sun rises, the high school junior is roused by a flurry of footsteps and flickering lights before she gets up and jockeys for position outside the bathroom. After a five-minute shower, enforced by a timer, she gets dressed and hustles to catch a city bus from West Pullman to Harlan Community Academy, about 4 miles away.
After class, she takes her time before heading back into the fray of the crowded household. Read more.
Viaduct work needed on North Side, but where will homeless go?
By Mark Brown, Columnist
Harassment sweeps couldn’t permanently chase homeless people out from under the Lake Shore Drive viaducts at Lawrence and Wilson avenues.
Efforts to find housing for them resulted in other homeless individuals moving in to take their place on the sidewalk.
Now the city is looking to a road construction project to accomplish what it otherwise has been unable to do: Oust the homeless from these two highly visible North Side locations. Read more.
Bridgeview Bank Group is offering its annual Hearts for the Homeless program again this year, benefitting three Illinois homeless organizations, including the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.
First launched in May 2015, the campaign raised an impressive $36,150 to support our work on behalf of homeless families, youth, and adults. This will be the third year the bank has run this five-month promotion.
Through Hearts for the Homeless, Bridgeview Bank will donate $50 to CCH when you open a new personal checking account with direct deposit before November 4. Read more.