Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Rating: 4.95 stars   76 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing

Location: 70 E. Lake Street Suite 720 Chicago IL 60601 USA

Mission: Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) organizes and advocates to prevent and end homelessness based on our belief that housing is a human right in a just society.
Results: • CCH is the only organization in Chicago to run regular outreach at a variety of emergency shelters, transitional housing, SRO and street programs – 30 across the city each month, reaching more than 3,500 people per year. • CCH is the only non-profit in Illinois crafting public policies that curb – and one day, can end – homelessness that hits low- and moderate-income families. We train and empower homeless people to advocate on all these issues. • Ours is the only law office in Illinois dedicated solely to serving homeless people, with focus on children and teens turned away by public schools or denied school services.  A youth attorney reaches out to unaccompanied youth living on their own, without family.
Geographic areas served: Chicago, Illinois
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I had the pleasure of working for Chicago Coalition for the Homeless while in graduate school. The passion of the staff for their work alongside of and on behalf of the homeless people of Chicago is inspiring. They focus on creative and policy solutions to the problems affecting individuals facing a barrier of multitudes to housing, employment and self sufficiency. As I begin my career in the nonprofit sector I am constantly looking to CCH as a model organization.

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seeing how individuals are empowered and given the tools to break the cycle of poverty while inspiring themselves and their children.

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give them the funds to grow! It would be great to see them make an even bigger impact here in Chicago.

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Rating: 4 stars  

The CCH is a special program because it is an agency that unbuttons its sleeves, gets its hands dirty, and does whatever it takes to effect the perniciousness of homelessness. CCH is a program that also directly involves the voices and experiences of those affected by homelessness and the lack of affordable housing to actually DO something to effect change. CCH organizes and does advocacy work in rich and poor communities and uses its resources effectively.

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Impacting community discussions around affordable housing, community investment, etc.

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contribute towards its finding or building a permanent home for its operations.

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Rating: 4 stars  

CCH facilitated a Community Organizing Training for a group of our student leaders in January that was both eye-opening, informative, and inspirational. I truly appreciated that a number of their staff shared in the facilitation, bringing with them a diverse wealth of experiences, perspectives, and practical skills. Thank you CCH!

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Witnessing the passion and intentionality with which they form their community leaders.

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Explore a way to include elementary youth and their families.

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