Horizons welcomes the public to its 2019 writers showcase on Tuesday, May 21. Sponsored by the American Writers Museum, this free event will feature original poetry read by shelter-resident writers. The hour-long program will begin at 6 p.m. To attend, you must RSVP to the museum.
Horizons is a creative writing outreach program offered at shelters and transitional housing programs, led by Director of Organizing Wayne Richard. This year, CCH’s Alyssa Rodriguez and Bisma Shoukat assisted Wayne in offering creative writing sessions with men and women at programs where they organize homeless families and adults, including women and men in reentry.
Every year the Law Project receives many calls from low-income students and families who are being pressured by their schools to pay hundreds of dollars in fees before graduation or year-end. Yet under state law, many of these fees are required to be waived for students and families unable to afford them, including those who are homeless or low-income. A student or parent must file a written request to have school fees waived, or for Chicago Public School (CPS) students, fill out a CPS Fee Waiver Form. The Law Project is available to assist students and families seeking school fee waivers.
Bring Chicago Home’s innovative solution to tackle homelessness in Chicago will be featured at a May 15 town hall at the Chicago Temple, with the public invited to attend.Speaking at the town hall will be Chicago aldermen and community members who are committed to making this solution a priority in the first 100 days of the new Lightfoot administration. To attend, register here.
Furnishing a new home after being homeless is an obstacle for families who no longer have beds, chairs, and the household basics everyone needs to make a home. Chicago Furniture Bank helps families like these. Families have been referred by 150 partner agencies in the city and suburbs, including CCH, since the furniture bank opened its warehouse space at 4800 W. Roosevelt Road in July 2018.