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Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
October 26, 2017

CCH staff members will be presenters when the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) hosts its national conference in Chicago next week.

Called “Together in the Heartland,” the conference will train hundreds of youth service providers, educators, and advocates to work more effectively with children and teens experiencing homelessness. The conference runs Sunday, Oct. 29 through Tuesday, Oct. 31 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Read more.

Where Can Homeless People Pitch Tents In Chicago?

By Odette Yousef

Homeless couple Shawn Moore and Amie Smith said city workers have thrown out more than a dozen of their tents in the past two years. Yet, they said they still don’t understand where they can — and can’t — pitch a tent in Chicago and why.

The couple said they first tried to set up tents on the sidewalks of lower-level streets downtown near Millennium Park, but police regularly rousted them from those locations. So they searched for an even more secluded spot and eventually found a small patch of concrete a few blocks east. Read more.

Christopher Jelkes has joined the CCH organizing team as special projects coordinator working with small shelters.

A co-chair of the HomeWorks campaign committee, Chris became a CCH community leader two years ago. 

He was inspired after participating in Horizons, a writing outreach program that Associate Organizing Director Wayne Richard offers at family shelters. The Jelkes family had coped with homelessness on and off since the 2008 recession. Read more.

CCH welcomed two Hungarian organizing fellows this month. Alexandra Szarka and Fanni Aradi will spend four weeks training with CCH organizers and community leaders.

Sponsored by the Great Lakes Consortium (GLC) for International Training and Development, the organizing exchange trades community organizers from the U.S. and Central Europe each year.

Through the program, Senior Community Organizer Rachel Ramirez offered trainings last month in Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia. Senior Community Organizer  Jim Picchetti will travel to Hungary and Slovakia to offer trainings in February. CCH has sent organizers abroad for five trainings and hosted 11 interns through the GLC program. Read more.

CCH is proud to be an affiliate charity for the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 7, 2018. We are recruiting our next Team to End Homelessness, offering a limited number of guaranteed entries to the race.

Runners will be required to set a $1,000 minimum fundraising goal, to be raised online in conjunction with their race training.

Benefits of joining our Team to End Homelessness include guaranteed entry into the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, optional participation in the Chicago Area Runners Association training program, a moisture-wicking team shirt, and more. Read More. 


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