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June 29, 2018

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless


CCH welcomes community organizer Bisma Shoukat

We welcomed a new community organizer to our staff last week! We asked Bisma to introduce herself:

My name is Bisma Shoukat. My experience as a Muslim-Indian child of immigrants is where I developed my passion for social justice work. I was in 4th grade when the 9/11 attacks happened. I had just decided to start wearing a hijab (headscarf) that year. My parents begged me to take my hijab off and I listened to them because I could tell they were genuinely worried for my safety. It broke my heart to not be able to represent such a big part of my identity. This is the moment when I realized how I am considered an “other” in the country of my origin. This is when the advocate in me woke up and the passion for creating a more just world was ignited.

'We don't have nowhere to go'
The piercing whine of drills hitting concrete echoed across Lower Wacker Drive as a person in a homeless encampment tried to sleep nearby.

Advocates with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless stood huddled as Chicago Department of Transportation workers drilled holes to erect tall black poles that would fence off an area along the site of a homeless encampment known as “the Triangle,” near Wabash Avenue and East Lower Wacker.
Family homelessness in Chicago: 10,000 families, almost 80% doubled-up
The University of Chicago Urban Labs and CSH (Corporation for Supportive Housing) released a study today on family homelessness.

This report combines deduplicated data from the Chicago Homeless Services System and the Chicago Public Schools. CCH served on an advisory committee to the research project.
Illinois enacts state budget funding homeless programs
Illinois General Assembly has concluded its 2018 legislative session. In its budget advocacy, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless organizers brought 220 leaders and students to Springfield for 10 lobby days.

The budget bill, Senate Bill 108, funds homeless and housing services during FY19, which will begin July 1. 
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