Governor signs SB351, assuring food security for low-income community college students
An estimated 40,000 low-income community college students in Illinois are now assured access to food security through SNAP, thanks to Senate Bill 351, which was signed into law July 20 by Gov. Bruce Rauner. CCH advocated for this eligibility for more than five years, through its statewide No Youth Alone campaign. CCH worked with Heartland Alliance and the Sargent Shriver National Poverty Law Center through two legislative sessions to enact the College Hunger Bill.
4% increase in homeless enrollment statewide
Year-end data on homeless enrollment in the Chicago Public Schools and public schools statewide have been released. This includes 56,881 homeless students identified in Illinois public schools in 2017-18, a year’s increase of 4%.
According to the CPS office of Students in Temporary Living Situations, 17,894 homeless Chicago children and teens attended CPS-run schools in the 2017-2018 school year.
Keith Freeman on overcoming the frustration of feeling voiceless
Keith Freeman works as a community organizer for CCH. Each month he runs outreach at a dozen shelters serving parents and families. He educates people on their rights and options and organizes new leaders for a citywide CCH campaign now in development.
He often tells the homeless people he meets, “It’s not where you’re from but where you’re at.”
Join CCH at Hamilton or Dear Evan Hansen!
CCH is excited to partner with Broadway in Chicago once again to bring you exclusive ticket access to two critically-acclaimed Broadway musicals: Hamilton on Friday, October 5 and Dear Evan Hansen on Thursday, February 28, 2019!
When you buy tickets to these shows through the links above, a portion of your ticket proceeds will go directly back to CCH to help further our mission.
Patricia Nix-Hodes honored with the Thomas H. Morsch Public Service Award
Patricia Nix-Hodes, Director of the CCH Law Project, has spent her 26-year legal career fighting for the rights of homeless people. Whether through individual advocacy, impact litigation, or shaping public policy, Patricia’s work has had a positive and often life-changing impact on tens of thousands of people across Illinois. In her 20-year tenure at CCH, Patricia has litigated many landmark cases, including the influential Salazar v. Edwards class action lawsuit against the Chicago Public Schools.