Housing and employment reform bills signed into law

As a part of the Restoring Rights and Opportunities Coalition of Illinois (RROCI), CCH advocated for the inclusion of two housing and employment reform bills within the economic opportunities pillar of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus’ four pillar lame-duck session agenda. The two bills, the Employee Background Fairness Act (SB1480) and the Public Housing Access Bill (SB1980) passed both chambers of the General Assembly in January, and were signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker on March 23. Both bills were sponsored by Rep. Sonya Harper and Sen. Christopher Belt.  


CCH Scholarship Program graduate Mahalia Crawford successfully defends master’s thesis

We are proud to share that 2018 CCH Scholarship Program graduate Mahalia Crawford successfully defended her master’s thesis titled “No Time to Grieve: Mothers of the Movement and the Media” last November. She is pursuing a PhD in sociology, with a focus on race and crime, at Louisiana State University. Mahalia graduated magna cum laude from Tougaloo College with a BA in Sociology. She was awarded a $2,500 CCH college scholarship annually throughout her undergraduate studies, and continues to receive a $500 yearly stipend for academic materials through the program. 


American Rescue Plan Act includes funding to combat homelessness, poverty, housing instability

On March 11, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) to address the continuing COVID-19 health and economic crisis. This landmark $1.9 trillion relief package includes nearly $50 billion in essential housing and homelessness assistance. The bill also includes increases to nutritional assistance, stimulus funding, increased child tax credits and more. Youth Health Attorney Mary Frances Charlton breaks down what we view as the strongest steps taken in ARP to combat homelessness, poverty, and housing instability.


CCH remembers Carol Aldape

With great sadness, CCH learned of the passing of grassroots leader, Law Project client, and beloved community member Carol Aldape. Carol was a longtime resident of Uptown and a fighter for the rights of people experiencing homelessness.  She distributed the People’s Tribune and was a contributing author to the paper. She was a leader in the campaign to obtain housing for the residents of the Wilson and Lawrence viaducts in Uptown, where she lived with her two dogs, Bella and Chief, in 2017. Carol attended and planned actions protesting the city’s failure to provide her and other homeless people with housing, and was arrested during an action after blocking traffic on Lake Shore Drive with her neighbors.   


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