A way to reduce homelessness—and the deficit

An op-ed by four Illinois state legislators: The mayor's proposed real estate transfer tax increase can be amended to produce a win-win outcome for both deficit reduction and homelessness relief.

There are a whopping 86,324 people experiencing homelessness in Chicago, according to estimates calculated by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. And sometimes it has seemed as if an equal number of reasons have been offered for why we can’t allocate more resources to address this human catastrophe. As a result, Chicago’s spending to alleviate homelessness has lagged woefully behind other major U.S. cities with large homeless populations over the decades. We spend only five percent of what New York City spends per homeless person, and a mere three percent of what Los Angeles spends per person.


New Board president, officers, and members

The CCH Board of Directors has seated three new members and named new officers to two-year terms, including Caronina Grimble as Board president. Caronina succeeds attorney Angela E.L. Barnes as president of CCH’s now 30-member Board of Directors. Appointed to the Board three years ago, Caronina is a Program Officer at the Woods Fund Chicago. She has co-chaired the Board Fundraising Committee and served as Board secretary. Three new Board members were seated: Meena Beyers of Southern Company Gas, Carlos R. DeJesus of The Center for Housing and Health in Chicago, and Caroline McCoy of the McCormick Foundation. 


Skender Foundation raises $43,000 for Youth Futures at Harvesting Hope fundraiser

CCH is grateful to have been chosen as the beneficiary for Skender Foundation’s 8th annual Harvesting Hope fundraiser. More than 300 people attended the October 17 event at Venue West in the West Loop, raising $43,000 for CCH’s Youth Futures mobile legal aid clinic. Organized by Skender Foundation’s Builders’ Board, Harvesting Hope seeks to encourage the spirit of giving among young professionals looking to create positive change in Chicago. The Builders’ Board is comprised of young professionals across various industries and career stages. Members give back to their communities through leadership development, fundraising, and volunteerism. 


‘Homelessness impacted me throughout my entire life’

In honor of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, we asked those who work with us to share personal essays about what inspires their work. Juanita Rodgers is a CCH grassroots leader: "I am originally from Jackson, Mississippi and I have lived in Illinois since I was 16. Homelessness impacted me throughout my entire life. I grew up in foster homes and shelters at a young age in Mississippi. When I moved to Illinois it was no different, because I was asked to leave with my daughter just shy of my 18th birthday."


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