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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

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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!

Previous Stories
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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.

2

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.

1

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.

1

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.

3

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.

3

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,

5

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.

3

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.

1

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.

2

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!

3

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.

3

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.