New reentry legislation to expand housing & jobs access

As a part of the Restoring Rights and Opportunities Coalition of Illinois (RROCI), Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) advocated for two housing and employment reform bills that were included in the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus's lame-duck session agenda. The bills will improve equity and access to employment and affordable housing for individuals with criminal records. Thanks to CCH’s advocacy in partnership with our peers and legislators, both pieces of legislation passed both chambers earlier this month. 


Federal court: State anti-panhandling law is unconstitutional

A federal district court judge in Chicago struck down a state law prohibiting panhandling in public streets and medians and ordered Illinois State Police not to enforce it. The ruling ends a lawsuit by two men experiencing homelessness who challenged the law. Michael Dumiak and Christopher Simmons sued after they were repeatedly ticketed and fined for asking passing motorists for help at a suburban Chicago intersection, while charities and religious groups collected donations at the same location without consequence.


Associate Board to host a Month of Mindfulness

In partnership with The Collective Yoga Cooperative, the CCH Associate Board will host a Month of Mindfulness this February, featuring a series of virtual yoga classes taught by instructors around the country, with all proceeds benefitting CCH. The month-long event will feature both live and pre-recorded classes, with a variety of registration options. Participants can choose to register for one, three, five, or all seven live classes, a 5-pack of pre-recorded classes through The Collective Yoga Cooperative’s online yoga portal, or all live and pre-recorded classes. All registration options available here


Join our 2021 Team to End Homelessness 

CCH is proud to be an affiliate charity for the 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. We are now recruiting our next Team to End Homelessness, offering a limited number of guaranteed entries to the race. Runners who join our team will be required to set a $1,250 minimum fundraising goal, to be raised online in conjunction with their race training. Benefits of joining our team include a free guaranteed entry into the 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, a moisture-wicking team shirt, and the opportunity to support CCH’s mission to prevent and end homelessness. If interested in joining our team for the 2021 race, please contact Claire Sloss at or complete this interest form.


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