Class action settlement obtained for evicted tenants

The Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) and the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) successfully obtained a settlement in a class action lawsuit brought under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) challenging the debt collector’s practice of collecting unlawful debt. A federal judge approved the settlement agreement in the class action lawsuit last month.



New analysis shows decrease in Chicago homelessness; evidence points to people in poverty leaving the city

A new report produced by CCH’s policy department shows a decrease in homelessness prior to the COVID–19 outbreak, per an annual analysis that relies on the most recent U.S. Census data. However, it is unlikely that the decrease describes people exiting homelessness by connecting to housing in Chicago. Findings suggest it may be more likely that people experiencing homelessness and poverty are leaving Chicago altogether. 



Connecting with homeless students is critical as students return to school

This week marks the start of the 2021-22 school year in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Many suburban school districts have already returned. This year, it will be more important than ever for schools to identify and support students experiencing homelessness. As always, the CCH Law Project will offer free legal aid and advice to city and suburban families and students experiencing homelessness if they encounter issues upon their return to school. For help or information, call the Law Project at 1 (800) 940-1119 during weekday office hours, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 



As CPS identification of homeless students drops, CCH offers recommendations

The number of students identified as homeless in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) declined 34% since the 2018-19 school year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students and school districts nationwide faced unprecedented challenges. School districts, including CPS, implemented remote, hybrid, and in-person learning models as COVID-19 cases and deaths ravaged communities, hitting communities of color especially hard. In CPS, it was particularly challenging for schools to identify and serve students experiencing homelessness.




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