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August 30, 2018

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless


Panhandling ordinances in 15 Illinois municipalities challenged as unconstitutional

As part of a national effort, CCH joined with ACLU of Illinois​ and National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty​ to deliver letters to Illinois municipalities, challenging 22 panhandling ordinances. From Chicago to Carbondale, 15 municipalities across Illinois have panhandling ordinances that are unconstitutional and must be repealed. 

Judges can no longer consider unpaid fines when reviewing record-sealing petitions
The Fair Access to Employment (FATE) bill (HB 5341), advocated by the CCH Reentry Project and partners in the Restoring Rights and Opportunities Coalition of Illinois (RROCI), became effective immediately upon signing by Gov. Bruce Rauner on August 10. The law states that judges cannot consider a person’s fines, fees or outstanding financial obligations when reviewing a petition to seal a criminal record.
CCH welcomes Nick Jefferson
Nick Jefferson joined our staff as Associate Director of Organizing, Strategic Campaigns. Nick joins Director of Organizing Wayne Richard and Associate Director of Organizing Jim Picchetti in overseeing what will be a 9-member organizing staff. Nick comes to CCH from Communities United, where he organized renters living in foreclosed properties to fight back against unfair evictions. That effort contributed to the passage of the Keep Chicago Renting Ordinance in 2013.
Run Chicago sock proceeds benefit CCH
Produced by Florida-based sock business, My Soxy Feet, these speciality "Run Chicago" are perfect for Chicago-area runners. Plus, 10% of the proceeds from sales of these moisture-wicking, cushioned socks will benefit the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. They are great for running, walking, tennis, cycling, hiking, and more. The socks are now available on the My Soxy Feet website and at Runners High 'n Tri in Arlington Heights. 
Facts Behind the Faces update now available
CCH has released its 2018 Facts Behind the FacesThe downloadable 4-page fact sheet paints a picture of homelessness at the national, state, and city level. Facts Behind the Faces examines many components of homelessness, from healthcare to student homelessness to racial inequality. The fact sheet calls attention to the urgent need for policy reforms and funding that would assist those people who are most vulnerable in our communities.
Charity Navigator gives CCH top marks
In earning a renewed 4-star rating, CCH was given its first perfect scores from Charity Navigator. CCH earned 100% scores from the charity watchdog, both for its financial health and its accountability and transparency practices, in a report issued last month.
A small-business review organization, Business.org, has since included CCH in its listing of the top charity in every state.

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