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Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

November 30, 2017

Lawrence Wagner has joined the CCH Law Project as a senior attorney, working with homeless individuals and families on housing and education litigation.

Inspired by CCH’s integrated model of addressing issues such as housing instability, he wanted to advocate for homeless individuals.

“I firmly believe housing is a fundamental right and I like the way CCH approaches housing from a more holistic standpoint,” Lawrence said. “We’re working with people who are homeless and at a great need for advocacy with litigation, policy reform, and outreach. CCH meets people where they are, and provides services that will help them in different areas.” Read more.

Many thanks for your generous support on Giving Tuesday, a global day of charitable giving held Nov. 28. This year, the Magnus Charitable Trust generously offered to match all donations made to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, dollar-for-dollar up to our goal of $10,000.

By day’s end we had more than tripled that goal: 202 donors generously gave $33,741 and an additional $2,961 was given in honor of Giving Tuesday in the hours before and after Nov. 28. Our 218 donors included 76 (35%) who gave a first-time gift to CCH. Read more.

A new integrated ad campaign launched this month seeks to create awareness and empathy for Chicagoans who cope with homelessness while living on the street.

Developed pro bono by marketing communications firm MARC USA, the integrated campaign plays on Chicago’s popular 4-star city flag. The campaign contrasts Chicago neighborhoods that most people would rate “4 stars” with the “half-star rated” viaducts and street corners that serve as home for Chicagoans who live on the street.

CCH Executive Director Doug Schenkelberg praised the campaign saying, “We are so grateful for MARC USA’s work to put a face on homelessness in our city and create awareness of our efforts toward long-term change for the more than 80,000 homeless people here." Read more.

Fighting homelessness: ‘What we’re going through right now, I don’t wish that on anyone’

By Gaynor Hall and Pam Grimes

By one estimate, more than 80,000 Chicagoans are struggling with homelessness. Think about it — that would be the entire population of a city like Champaign.

About 18,000 of them are Chicago Public School students. Housing advocates say it’s a growing problem we cannot address, unless we acknowledge the tremendous need.

In a 2-part series, WGN’s Gaynor Hall looks at homelessness in Chicago. Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Executive Director Doug Schenkelberg is featured throughout the first story. Watch the feature story.

StreetLight Chicago celebrated one year on November 14! This free mobile app for homeless youth is a joint project of the Young Invincibles and the Youth Futures legal aid clinic at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, with generous support from the VNA Foundation.

StreetLight Chicago offers a database of resources for homeless and unaccompanied youth. The app provides youth with a centralized list of drop-in centers, shelters, health clinics, food pantries and services, including Youth Futures. Occasional push notifications are issued via the app when weather or program advisories are needed. Read more.


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