Chicago Coalition for the Homeless will mark 40 years of organizing and advocating with a virtual celebration, “No Place Like Home,” on Thursday, September 24. Guests are encouraged to make a suggested donation of $40 per household, but all are welcome to attend regardless of contribution. The host committee is gratefully accepting original artwork and other in-kind donations to be auctioned at the event. Please contact Claire Sloss if you are willing to donate an auction item.
November 3, 2020 will be a historic Election Day. In addition to deciding who will be in the White House in 2021, Illinois voters will also close the loop on a 20-year conversation: Do we pass a Fair Tax in Illinois? Passing a Fair Tax would relieve the burden on the lowest income Illinoisans. Under this plan, anyone who earns less than $250,000 would pay the same or less in income taxes, and those who make over $250,000 would pay more. The plan will generate an additional $3.4 billion in funds to be invested in our communities. CCH organizers are working with grassroots leaders and organizations across the state to activate their networks to pass a Fair Tax in November. Sign our pledge card today!
Every person living in the U.S. should be counted, no matter their housing status. Yet people experiencing homelessness are often undercounted, depriving many of fair political representation and access to vital resources. Over the past year, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless provided extensive outreach to help ensure Illinoisans living in shelters, on the street, and doubled-up are represented in the 2020 Census. CCH is one of 42 organizations across the state partnering with Forefront’s IL Count Me In 2020 initiative, which aims to support a fair and accurate count among historically undercounted communities.
CCH has notified 341 people that they are receiving one-time grants from its Mutual Aid Fund. The distribution of funds will be completed by early August. The coronavirus pandemic amplifies hardships experienced by people who are homeless as well as those who have been homeless and risk facing it again. Responding to pressing community need, CCH created its Mutual Aid Fund. The fund provides direct cash support of up to $500 to Illinois residents in need. CCH grassroots leaders – people who have experienced homelessness and work in partnership with CCH staff – run the fund. Leaders designed the fund and decided which requests received support.