Letter to the Editor: Homelessness in Chicago needs a long-term fix

By Doug Schenkelberg, Executive Director - Chicago stepped up when the polar vortex hit. The city's various departments, as well as Chicago's businesses and concerned citizens, responded to the emergency with money, time and urgency. People experiencing homelessness could be safe in warming centers, buses, shelters and motel rooms generously rented for them by others.


CCH attorneys co-edit new ABA book

The Law Project's Patricia Nix-Hodes and Beth Malik are co-editors of Educating Students Experiencing Homelessness, an American Bar Association book for educators, advocates and policymakers. The revised fifth edition addresses federal educational mandates related to homeless students under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act.


CCH statement on Gov. Pritzker's first state budget address

CCH applauds Gov. J.B. Pritzker's recognition that addressing homelessness and the issues related to homelessness are core to the work of Illinois. Now we need to work with his administration to put the dollars behind this priority. The governor's budget proposes $5.15 million in funding for homeless prevention grants, a $250,000 or 5% increase. This modest increase does not bring funding for this critical program – which keeps people from ever entering into homelessness –back up to the $11 million level that it was once at. 


Effect of the recent government shutdown on Illinois SNAP recipients

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) has announced it will issue all SNAP assistance for March on March 1, 2019, no matter when in the month households usually receive their food benefits. The recent federal government shutdown caused Illinois to issue its February SNAP assistance by January 20, 2019. With the government's reopening last month, funding for March was secured.


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