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.
In my summer at the coalition I saw a community working tirelessly everyday on multiple levels to gain opportunities and help for those in need. While the organization battles homeless on many fronts, everyone unites together as one. The dedication I saw that summer was unmatched to anything I have ever seen. The work they do affects an uncountable number lives, and they are truly making a difference.