College Access Bill passes Illinois General Assembly

We encourage youth to reach beyond their present to change their circumstances, but often overlook impediments preventing them from reaching their dreams. A bill designed to remove these impediments and deliver the assistance necessary for students experiencing homeless to successfully complete their education – SB190 – unanimously passed the Illinois House on May 21, after passing the Senate in April.  


Bring Chicago Home hosts a citywide housing forum

On May 4, Bring Chicago Home and the Right to Recovery coalitions convened over 150 people via Zoom to demand the city take the necessary next steps to address the housing crisis that exists in Chicago. “Before COVID-19, 77,000 Chicagoans were already experiencing homelessness on the streets, in shelters or doubling-up,” said Jasmine Crawford, shelter manager with Franciscan Outreach, “and now the situation is even worse.” The groups pointed to a survey done by the Census Bureau this past March, which showed how over 400,000 Chicagoland households expressed slight or no confidence in their ability to pay next month’s rent.


Horizons to host virtual showcase on June 25

Horizons' virtual showcase will be available to stream on Facebook and YouTube beginning Friday, June 25. The streamed event will feature original poetry read by 12 grassroots leaders with lived experience of homelessness and their children. This years’ showcase will be emceed by grassroots leader Edrika Fulford. Horizons is a creative writing outreach program offered at family shelters, facilitated by Special Projects Organizer Claudia Cabrera, and involves more than 100 people a year. 


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