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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing

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

Programs: The law project (educational rights) (1997) protects the legal rights of people who are homeless, with half of casework focused on children and teens struggling to attend public school.

in the housing campaign, cch pairs advocacy with community organizing to spur development of affordable housing and shelter access. This includes "sweet home chicago," a citywide campagin managed by cch to address the needs of low wage families.

youth futures is a mobile legal aid clinic serving homeless and unaccompanied youth. Two attorneys represented 219 clients and outreach to 1,500 youth via school and drop-in programs.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a high school teacher and have been hosting speakers from CCH for close to 10 years. Their Speakers Bureau is excellent. My students gain a better understanding about what it means to be unstably housed. The speakers also do a great job of putting a face and story to the issue, which is so important for the students, because they often have misperceptions about what it means to be poor.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CCH is a great organization that helps provide a voice in Chicago for people who wouldn't have a way to exercise their voice. By combining policy, law and community organizing, CCH has a unique blend of services that give power to the people most impacted by political change while also providing well researched and fiscally sound policy advice. CCH does a great job of listening to the homeless members of our community, helping them find their voice and empowering them to fight for positive change in Chicago and throughout Illinois.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CCH is an amazing organization that really works to help people in a variety of ways. As a teacher, I have had speakers from CCH come out to speak with my students many times over the years. CCH works to empower people who are or have been homeless to be able to find safe and affordable housing and to share their unique story so that together we can all work towards a society with decent housing for all. My students are able to develop true empathy and understanding of issues surrounding homelessness because of this terrific organization. I am grateful for all that they do for so many!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Seeing the way the coalition for the homeless brings the community together in an effort to help others less fortunate is inspirational. I am proud to have had the opportunity to work with such a meaningful organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been working with Hannah Willage and the CCH Speakers Bureau for several years. As a staff person for the Civic Education Project at Northwestern University, I help coordinate service-learning, urban immersion programs ranging from one to three weeks long for students in grades 7 through 12; we have partnered with CCH to provide our students the opportunity to hear and become inspired by the personal stories and the many perspectives of the speakers involved in the program. Time and time again, our students have written about how the speakers deeply impacted their understanding of homelessness and humanity. The experience has proven to be very significant to their motivation to make a change in the world.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a teacher at Tilden High School, and had the opportunity to work with Hannah Willage this February. She and her co-workers did an excellent job working with my students to help them earn service learning hours while they learned about homelessness. Hannah made many trips to our school, where seh presented a well -thought out Power Point presentation, supplied students with handouts of important information, and helped the students write letters for their aldermen. My students particularly enjoyed meeting with former homeless people who came with her as guest speakers. She accompanied us on our field trip to City Hall, even riding in our bus! She worked with a smaller group of students to help them have the chance to meet with the aldermen, as well. Her work, and that of her co-workers, was above and beyond what I expected. It was a pleasure working with her and I plan to do so again in the future.