O'Connor permitted repeated votes on motion to stall public hearing on Bring Chicago Home until it passed

In what appeared to be an act of parliamentary mischief aimed at stalling the Bring Chicago Home proposal to expand funding for homelessness relief, the City Council's Finance Committee, which Ald. Pat O'Connor chairs, repeatedly strayed from proper procedures – and even misrepresented the results of a key vote – in order to delay a public hearing on the measure.

This week, members of our coalition sent letters to the aldermen who serve on the Finance Committee. Depending on their vote, we thanked them for their vote to move forward with a hearing, or we expressed our disappointment in their vote to table the resolution or their absence from the meeting. If you live in Chicago, you can send an email of thanks or disappointment to your alderman. 


Scholarship applications due April 1

Applications are due Monday for $2,500 renewable college scholarships awarded by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless to students who have succeeded in school despite coping personally with homelessness. Graduating seniors from Chicago and suburban schools are eligible to apply, as well as CCH youth leaders and former legal clients who are younger than age 24 as of April 1.


Join us: Justice Circle Reception

Youth Futures, CCH's mobile legal aid clinic for homeless youth, will celebrate 15 years at the annual Justice Circle reception on Tuesday, April 9 at Revolution Brewpub in Logan Square. Youth Futures is part of CCH's Law Project, the only legal aid program in Illinois solely dedicated to serving people and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Since its inception in 2004, Youth Futures has served nearly 3,000 youth. Tickets for the celebration are still available here.


Thank you, ReaderLink!

CCH is thrilled to be the recipient of a generous donation of $11,148 from ReaderLink, a wholesale book distributor headquartered in Oak Brook. The donation was made through ReaderLink Cares, a community engagement initiative launched in December. The initiative allows ReaderLink employees to determine where corporate philanthropic dollars are donated by voting for the organizations that are most important to them.


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