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Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Crime & Law, Homeless & Housing, Public Interest Law

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 non-profit in Chicago to run regular outreach at a variety of emergency shelters, transitional housing, and street programs – over 40 across the city each month, reaching more than 6,000 people each year. CCH is also the only non-profit in Illinois solely focused on crafting public policies that curb – and one day, can end – the homelessness that hits low-income families. We train and empower homeless people to advocate on the issues that impact their lives. Ours is the only legal aid office in Illinois dedicated solely to serving homeless people.  youth attorneys out to unaccompanied youth living on their own, without family.

Geographic areas served: Chicago, Illinois

Programs: The Law Project protects offers legal aid and outreach to people who are homeless, with over 70% of casework focused on children and teens struggling to attend public school.

In its housing campaigns, CCH pairs advocacy with community organizing to spur development of affordable housing.

Youth Futures is a mobile legal aid clinic serving homeless and unaccompanied youth. Attorneys represent more than 350 youth clients each year, with outreach at shelters, schools, and drop-in programs reaching over 4,000 a year.

Community Stories

133 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Renauda R.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The staff and volunteers do a exceptional job with advocating for
homeless and the underserved community in Chicago.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The CCH does incredible work. They make a difference every day, through their policy work, advocacy and direct legal outreach to people experiencing homelessness. The fact they don't accept government funding puts CCH in a unique position to enact real change. CCH is a focused and visionary group that I'm proud to support.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a big supporter of the Coalition since the late 1990's when I was working in direct service with homeless youth. I currently serve on the board, and am amazed at the way they consistently and effectively advocate for the homeless population in Chicago and in Illinois. They have a remarkable policy expertise, and they use it to advance huge changes that impact thousands of people. I'm proud to be a small part of the work that happens at the Coalition.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For years CCH has served as an advocate for the homeless population in Illinois. As leaders in the homeless services field, they have helped win battles (legislative, personal, and otherwise) for many families and individuals impacted by homelessness. For me, CCH served as my "true north" when I started working on youth homelessness in the late 90's. They brought along this neophyte in the field to help ensure I had the information and capacity I needed to serve the homeless youth in my agency and in the surrounding communities. I love that they are not beholden to anyone but the communities they serve. They do amazing work. Amazing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been part of the CCH Associates Board for about 1.5 years. It is a great organization with passionate people that truly care about people affected by homelessness. The events that are put on for fundraising are fun and make a significant contribution to the cause!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The important mission of CCH inspired me to join the Associates Board in 2019. During my time volunteering with the organization, I have been continuously impressed by the dedication of the CCH team and their advocacy and community organizing efforts even amidst the constant string of political challenges that often accompanies their attempts to push forward equitable policies and programs.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I became involved in CCH about two years ago and I am on the associate board. I could not be more happy that I got involved with CCH. Everyone at CCH truly cares and is devoted to helping individuals facing homelessness. As a government independent organization, they never align themselves with a political party but work with everyone, no matter was side of the aisle, that have good ideas and want to try to help end homelessness. I cannot say enough good things about CCH's mission or the people behind it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined the CCH Associate Board last year, and have been consistently impressed with the initiatives and goals of the organization. Advocating from a macro level ensures homelessness remains top of mind for politicians and community members and helps ensure real change can be enacted.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CCH is an incredible organization. From those running it, to the volunteers, and all of the Chicagoans its supports, the people are infallibly amazing. Everyone, and I truly mean everyone, is passionate and supportive of the mission. It's not about egos or recognition - it is all about helping our neighbors in this great city. It's not an experience I have had with all nonprofits, which is, in part, why I will continue to support CCH with my time, efforts, and resources.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is a bulldog of an organization that means what it says and does what it means. Their only goal is to prevent and end homelessness forever and every day they take active steps towards making that goal a reality, while protecting and advocating for the rights of the 80,000 Chicagoans experiencing homelessness right now.

Patrick G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a member of the Associate Board, I've had a lot of opportunities to interact with the compassionate and competent staff of CCH, and seen first hand the good they do. They fight the meaningful and good fights, and make a positive impact in the Chicago community as a whole.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CCH is dedicated to full institutional change. They're not just applying band aids on top of the problem, they're actively working to fix and revitalize the entire system as a whole. This is the type of real change that Chicago and the world needs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been on the Associate Board of CCH for about 6 months, and I am impressed with the coalition's actions. They do not accept any funding from the government, and it gives them the ability to be a voice against governmental action without the fear of losing funding. This is so important, and they use this voice to help other service providers who do not have that flexibility. This is what stands out the most to me, but all the work they do really impacts the homeless in Chicago; it's not just noise, it's action.

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.