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Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

March 29, 2018

Wayne Richard, a veteran community organizer and a former leader, has been named to serve as the new Director of Organizing at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

Wayne is known and respected by CCH allies and those working in the homeless community. A member of the organizing staff for 18 years, he most recently served as Associate Director of Organizing. In that role, he directed organizer training and led Horizons, a creative writing outreach program offered in family shelters. 

OPINION: Loop 'security guards' a dangerous precedent

By Doug Schenkelberg, CCH Executive Director

If you spend any time in Chicago's Loop, you will encounter people grappling with homelessness. They may be looking to passers-by for help, or they may be simply trying to make it through their day. Because Chicago lacks enough shelter beds and permanent supportive housing to assist those in need, we see hundreds of people who make their lives on the streets of Chicago.

This month, Chicago Loop Alliance announced hiring two armed, private security guards to patrol a portion of the Loop. "Aggressive panhandling" is among the reported issues that these new guards will address on patrol. Chicago Coalition for the Homeless has many concerns about the addition of armed guards to police downtown streets.

Applications are due in mid-April for $2,500 renewable college scholarships. By June, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) will select four graduating high school seniors who succeeded in school despite coping personally with homelessness.

Students from Chicago and suburban schools are eligible to apply, as well as youth leaders active with CCH. Most scholarship winners receive $10,000 to complete their bachelor’s degree.

Online applications are available here.

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is advocating during the spring legislative session on statewide measures that would impact low-income families and community college students, people in community reentry, and households facing homelessness.

CCH also works with the Responsible Budget Coalition on the Fair Tax Now campaign, advocating for a progressive income tax in Illinois.


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