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Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

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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

121 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer development intern last summer, I can confidently say that my experience working at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless was one of the best and most profound service experiences I've ever had. The passion/drive that each staff member has for the issue at hand is inspiring; everyone on staff is fully committed in the fight to eradicate homelessness in Chicago, no matter the particular role they fill at CCH. I am very grateful for the volunteer opportunity I had at CCH and look forward to seeing what great things this wonderful organization can accomplish in the future.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been connected with CCH as an Associate Board member for 1.5 years and joining this organization is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Everyone from staff to volunteers are incredibly dedicated to helping the homeless population in the Chicagoland area. The goal of this organization is to create long-lasting change in the city (and beyond) to help individuals experiencing homelessness improve their situation and find housing/living-stability. I was drawn to CCH because I believe in their mission, their compassion and believe that everyone involved in the organization wants to advocate for opportunities that could change the life trajectory of people that belong to one of the most vulnerable populations in our nation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered for CCH's Associate Board for the past 3 years. Their staff is a well-oiled machine - hardworking, resourceful, professional and committed to fighting homelessness in Chicago. Through activities like advocating for the rights of the homeless, providing legal aid to the homeless, and making sure homeless kids have access to education, they make a positive impact on the lives of homeless people in and around Chicago. It's a privilege to be able to help fundraise for their important work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first learned about the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless when my company was looking for a way to give back to the community. I work for a local apartment advertising website, so CCH's mission to end homelessness in Chicago dovetailed nicely with what our company does. Since then, I've become involved in the Associate Board, a group of volunteers who fundraises for CCH.

Their staff is a well-oiled machine - hardworking, resourceful, professional and committed to their cause. CCH's team is great at motivating volunteers to help in carrying out its mission. This organization has much to be proud of!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined CCH associate board almost a year ago and am highly impressed with non profit organization who does great job advocating for policies and laws that impact people experiencing homelessness. I love the energy that the associate board brings and how everyone is passionate about making a change.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless this past summer. Everyone there was very nice to work with. It was great to meet the leaders and learn about all of the work they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CCH does very important work advocating for policies and laws that will help alleviate the problem of homelessness, and they do a good job keeping the associate board up to date with what the organization is working on. It's been a great experience helping support such a great NFP through volunteering on the associate board.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless has a top notch staff that tirelessly advocates for the rights of people who are Homeless. They are exceptionally efficient and effective. I am proud to support such a vital organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CCH is a great organization, and makes it really easy to get involved via the Associate Board.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've loved being a part of CCH by volunteering on the Associate Board. The people are top-notch, and there are lots of hands-on opportunities to make a difference by raising money for a worthy cause. If anyone's looking for a nonprofit to get involved with or donate to - look no further than CCH!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a part of CCH for the past 3 years and couldn't be more impressed with their dedication to an amazing cause that affects all areas of life. Each year I've been involved with CCH has deepened my commitment to CCH and has inspired me to brainstorm ways to continue moving close to ending homelessness. Love this group!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing organization focused on the rights of those who are homeless as well as legislation that better helps those who are homeless.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been on the associated board since earlier this year, and want to commend them on what a terrific job they've been doing. So much of the issues that those who are homeless face are challenges with bureaucracies and the logistical legal issues that arise from not having a place of resident. CCH really helps address the core of some of these problems, focusing on legal help and advocacy for those who need it most and are often left behind.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interning with CCH was rewarding and I learned so much. I was exposed to dedicated and passionate individuals who advocate for and with individuals experiencing homelessness. Through all the work that CCH does, the leaders from the community are always involved and included with the work they do. A mission-driven organization, it was such a great atmosphere to learn and grow.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an intern this year with the Coalition and have been extremely impressed by the work that they do! It is very unique to see so many departments working collaboratively to create social change and to advocate for and with people experiencing homelessness. The staff are dedicated to their work and it is clear that leaders from the community are involved every step of the way! It is an awesome organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned with CCH and saw the impactful work they do firsthand. I saw their collaborative approach lead to the passage of 4 bills in a span of 10 months that will directly impact families and individuals experiencing homelessness. It’s an amazing organization that has been doing great work to end homelessness in Chicago from its very beginnings.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined the Associate Board for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless earlier this year and have been extremely impressed with the organization and its mission. Their focus on making systemic changes that benefit the homeless population is effective and strategic. The team is well-run and passionate about what they do, and their dedication is impressive. Helping CCH gives me a way to make a real impact in my community and for my neighbors.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering for CCH because they give back so much to the community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CCH does a particularly impressive job of involving a wide range of demographics in the organization's events and social justice initiatives. CCH has led the charge on policy changes at a local and state level to the benefit of people across Illinois. The core staff I have met are knowledgeable and the associates board members are committed to the issues. CCH will put your support to excellent use within our communities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CCH works tirelessly to make sure ending homelessness remains a priority in the city of Chicago. I have had the pleasure of serving as an Associate Board member since 2016 and look forward to many more years of service.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been on the Associate Board of CCH for the past 6 months, and I am consistently inspired by this organization's work. Their advocacy work has made real impacts on the lives of people experiencing homelessness. Since I've been involved, CCH has advocated for people to have fee-free access to birth records, expanded access to counseling services, and fought for students experiencing hunger to have access to assistance. The legal team has worked to defend people being treated unfairly or expelled from where they reside in the city. CCH is affecting real change to improve lives in Chicago, and they have earned their reputation as a great nonprofit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with this organization for two years, and have been incredibly impressed by all of the great advocacy/policy that they do.