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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

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I’m selective in how I spend my time and money and I’ve found that CCH is a wonderful investment for both. CCH recognizes that homelessness is a complex issue and takes a systemic approach to addressing it—something that is much needed. The staff is passionate, committed, and thoughtful. The organization is very interested in working with others—those they’re trying to help, lawmakers, others focused on the issue of homelessness, as well as their donors—to make lasting change happen. CCH is an outstanding organization I’m proud to support.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor to Chicago Coalition for the Homeless for many years. However, recently, after a screening that they sponsored of the film The Homestretch, I decided that I wanted to be active in their fund-raising as a way to better support the work that they do. They are doing such important work in Chicago for youth who are homeless and the need is beyond comprehension. They are truly an important Chicago non-profit.

Donor

Rating: 5

The CCH is an outstanding organization. I have been honored to be at number of events where their work has supported young people in need to get an education and graduate. As just one aspect of their work, their legal aid program serves more than 200 homeless clients a year-many of them homeless students in need of support. The CCH does not accept government funding to preserve their independent voice so I gladly support their work and encourage other to do the same.

Donor

Rating: 5

I came to learn of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless about 10 years ago, and my involvement with the Coalition has been escalating since. The more I know about the mission and work of the Coalition, the more I like, and what began as attendance at a few events and various small contributions grew into larger contributions, an invitation to join the board and an immense respect for the work done by this amazing organization (on a relatively modest budget). The staff is incredibly competent and both appreciative of and responsible with the funds the Coalition receives. (The Coalition receives no government money so as to be able to fight all fights that need to be fought without conflicts of interest.) Much of my time, energy and money goes to the Coalition, and I only regret that I do not have more of each to give.

Donor

Rating: 5

They go where few care to go. CCH brings dignity to the lives that others ignore. They deserve support and a high ranking.

Donor

Rating: 5

CCH is a great organization dedicated to helping the homeless. I have attended many of their events and their mission is always clear and driven by passion and integrity.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a donor & volunteer with CCH for years. The important work they are doing to help end homelessness is visible in Chicago. Every board member, volunteer and staff member I've interacted with are tireless workers for the cause. I've been helping out with the Cheers For Change campaign. So many new folks have become empowered to become part of the solution to homelessness in Chicago. They are by far the best run nonprofit I've had the privelege to work with.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) is a great nonprofit. The organization isn't just the immediate board and staff, but also includes the volunteers that make the meaningful and successful fundraising efforts and the donors who care about the tangible change that CCH makes in Chicago through advocacy, ambassadorship, political activism, and direct assistance. CCH organizes and advocates to prevent and end homelessness.

Donor

Rating: 5

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is one of the most active and reliably successful organizations advocating for basic human rights and equality in Chicago. Their approach of providing direct advocacy, community organizing, and pushing for vital changes in the law makes them especially powerful in advocating for the homeless.