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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.

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!

Writer

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.

1 Amy C.1

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.

1

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first year volunteering with this organization and I had an awesome time. Michael is very motivating and supportive with not only the organization but with the volunteers making sure the event is a success and you enjoy yourself while you're helping the cause. This is an event I will look forward to every year.

Wendi5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered to be a charity bartender for their Halloween event. Fundraising has been remarkable bc they already have such a good reputation as an organization that goes above and beyond for the less fortunate in Chicago. It's been an honor to support them in this campaign.

3 Melissa227

Board Member

Rating: 5

I love being a part of the amazing organization. I don't think I have ever meet a group that is more passionate and dedicated to a cause like these good people are. The are relentless in their efforts to fight for the rights of people that society has otherwise turned their backs on.

And besides the good work they do, volunteering for the group is just a blast! This I always look forward to the Cheers for Change - a great way to raise money while getting the chance to pretend I am a bartender again! :)

Thank you for all that you do!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I recently joined the associate board for this organization because I was so impressed by the passion that the organization has for ending homelessness. They are truly dedicated to helping those who have lost their voice, or had no voice to begin with. Plus they are all great people to hang around. The events those host are fun and engaging, and they come up with lots of innovative and fun ways to increase awareness as well as raise money!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm actually an intern here, to be clear; however, working here has been incredibly fulfilling even in this first month. They actively engage with building policy and work together in an un-siloed environment very well in order to further push their cause of ending homelessness in Chicago and nationwide. It's been educational and very powerful, working with them!

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Through my experience on the CCH Associate Board over the past few years, I've had an up-close view of a well-run organization working hard for an incredible mission, pursuing justice and rights for men and women who are homeless. I'm proud to be a part of this exceptional nonprofit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) is a truly incredible nonprofit. I have been on the Associate Board for about 3 years now, and through my involvement in fundraising events I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of great people and learn about the organization. Through advocacy, CCH fights to give a voice to a people whose challenges to simply survive make it difficult to speak for themselves. That's a pretty special, rare thing.

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently became more involved with Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Associate Boad as a way to give back to my community. Their advocacy and organization work is impactful and my volunteer experience has been very positive. The staff is dedicated to the mission and finding innovative ways to advance their efforts.

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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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Board Member

Rating: 5

As an associate board member of this organization, I am proud to be a part of such a unique and fortright organization. They are unafraid to take a stand against injustice, and are an active and positive part of the City of Chicago. They are entirely privately funded, and are not beholden to government funders, yet they help assist many homeless service nonprofits that are, and aren't afraid to do advocacy that is needed.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is an amazing organization. I have been so honored to be a part of the army of volunteers, board members and supporters helping to end homelessness in our city.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CCH is a great organization to be involved with. They are very passionate about what they do and organized in doing it. The work that they are doing in the community is fantastic and essential. I volunteered with the organization to run the Ravenswood 5k to assist in raising money. They helped me out every step of the way and I was able to feel like part of their team from the beginning. I would recommend getting involved with this organization any way that you can. Their work is truly making a difference and their team is made up of great individuals who are fully committed to the cause,

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been helping with the Associate Board and its efforts to raise funds/awareness for CCH and I cannot say enough about how committed everyone is. Folks volunteer their time and energy along with donating funds to help forward the work that CCH is able to provide to the city and state.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am on the Associate Board and I am EXTREMELY impressed with this organization. Everyone is so dedicated to the work they do. They are making a tremendous impact on Chicago, and creating meaningful change for so many individuals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I randomly found Chicago Coalition for the Homeless when looking for some volunteer opportunities. Boy was I lucky. The dedication of the Coalition's staff and volunteers is amazing. The people sincerely care about the people they help and the fundamental problems with homelessness. I have been to many events where those individuals who have been helped by the Coalition share their stories. It is touching and rewarding knowing that I have worked with an organization that helps so many. Plus, added benefit, many of the fundraising events are fun and full of all sorts of people who want to help.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wholeheartedly believe in the mission of Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) and I've volunteered and been a member of the Associate Board for 3 years and counting. CCH has a stellar track record for Advocacy, Fundraising, Organizing and providing resources for the Homeless. I encourage you to get involved!

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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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Decided to volunteer for the CCH Halloween event in memory of my late uncle Dennis who was homeless for many years. The organization has been very supportive and helpful in my small effort to give a greater voice to a truly worthy cause.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a recent volunteer for the annual Halloween fundraiser and have been blown away by this organization. They provide constant updates and do great things for the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined the CCH Associate Board at the beginning of this year because the CCH mission to end homelessness is something I care deeply about. As I continue to support this work, I am constantly impressed with the passion and focus CCH staff and volunteers bring to the table. I am proud to be part of this organization and look forward to seeing the great work CCH will continue to take on in the future!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with CCH as an Associate Board member for a little over two years. I love this organization because it seeks to END homelessness - with long term goals and strategies as opposed to short term. Advocacy through CCH serves as a voice for a population of citizens in our city who might otherwise be voiceless.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CCH does such important work to help the homeless people of Chicago. They advocate for the rights of the homeless - whether that means lobbying for laws that would improve their quality of life, or lobbying against ones that would diminish the quality of their lives. They help make sure homeless children are not denied education, too, and they do this all without accepting any donations that would tie their hands from always doing what is right for the lives of Chicago's homeless.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was so happy to have the opportunity to intern at CCH over the summer. It is an amazing and organized not-for-profit that benefits so many people in need in the Chicago area. Through the organization, I gained a better understanding of the issue of homelessness and how critical of a role CCH plays in advocating for the needs of the homeless. I am grateful to CCH for providing me with insights into the issue as well as an idea of how an organization is run effectively. The staff and volunteers are all so friendly and committed to the cause. They balance the different facets from fundraising to advocating for public policies very well. I am so impressed with the CCH team and am honored that I got to be a part of it!

2 Melissa242

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CCH has helped me gain a better understanding of homelessness and the importance of advocacy. Working there as an intern has helped shape me as a social justice advocate and as a person in general.

3 Leslie70

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

CCH is a wonderful and well run organization. I have watched them do some remarkable things in their quest to end homelessness and advocate for homeless rights. They are great at organizing people and aligned organizations to take action to fulfill their mission. The staff is all committed and passionate which is why they have been able to accomplish so much.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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I have long been a supporter of Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. I have seen the effects and successes CCH has brought about in working tirelessly for those who have great needs. Because of
their dedicated work, it is rewarding to contribute time and money to support CCH since I know how
effectively they spend the money.

Mary Plunkett

1 Taylor15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was blessed to work with the Coalition this past summer. They do profound work advocating for homeless rights. They match with advocacy with outreach services to truly serve the whole community. What a welcoming and inspiring organization!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have never had the privilege of being a part of such an amazing organization, and team. It isn't just the significance of CCH's mission, but the creative and courageous way that the organization achieves real and tangible results that make a difference. CCH is run with strong leadership, that assures the responsible management of all of its resources, human, as well as financial. CCH is a truly blessed group that continues to grow in size, strength and impact. I can't wait to see what the future brings!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with CCH for 10 years and I have always found it to be a wonderful nonprofit. Their advocacy work is vital to protecting homeless and at risk people in Chicago and Illinois. Their staff are great to work with and I am always glad to help the organization. I would recommend helping this group to anyone who wants to work towards lasting solutions to urban homelessness.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is a fantastic organization. They are genuinely passionate about raising awareness for a cause that affects so many. I got involved by raising money through their guest bartending program which is a clever and fun way to get people involved in donating to a worthy cause. I would highly recommend getting involved in any way that you can. I cannot imagine not having a warm bed on our cold winter nights.