Gesenia Viviescas holds many identities. She is a master’s student. A Fulbright scholar. A woman of color. She is a chef and entrepreneur, co-owning a cooking business with her mother. She is a sister and daughter. An aspiring social worker. A writer. Gesenia has also experienced homelessness. Read her story.


Giving Tuesday is tomorrow: Join our efforts

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving. All donations to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless will be generously matched dollar-for-dollar up to $60,000 total by Blistex and an anonymous donor. Make a tax-deductible gift hereFor the second year in a row, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless received a Perfect 100 from Charity Navigator. Less than 1% of the thousands of charities nationwide earned perfect scores. We are asking our supporters and friends to be Giving Tuesday Ambassadors. Sign up here by clicking the "Create my own fundraising page" link under the list of recent donors. 


Illinois eviction moratorium extended for select households, eligible tenants must take action

As of November 14, Illinois landlords can begin filing eviction cases unless tenants provide a written statement that they should be protected by the COVID-19 eviction moratorium. Since March 2020, Gov. Pritzker has put a moratorium (or freeze) on most eviction case filings in Illinois. A new executive order extends the moratorium another 30 days, but with fewer protections that will make it easier for Illinois landlords to evict their tenants. These changes apply until at least December 12. To be protected by the new Illinois moratorium, eligible tenants must sign and deliver a declaration to your landlord. 


Join our 2021 Team to End Homelessness 

CCH is proud to be an affiliate charity for the 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. We are now recruiting our next Team to End Homelessness, offering a limited number of guaranteed entries to the race. Runners who join our team will be required to set a $1,250 minimum fundraising goal, to be raised online in conjunction with their race training. Benefits of joining our team include a free guaranteed entry into the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, a moisture-wicking team shirt, and the opportunity to support CCH’s mission to prevent and end homelessness. If interested in joining our team for the 2021 race, please contact Claire Sloss at or complete this interest form.


CCH Statement: Our work continues after Fair Tax defeated

CCH is disappointed that many Illinois voters chose to not support the Fair Tax, a reform that would have made our tax system fairer and helped address the state’s structural deficit. We are grateful to all of CCH’s supporters, partners, and allies that worked tirelessly to fight for this reform, logging hundreds of hours of work. While the movement for progressive income for Illinois did not win this year, CCH, along with our partners in this fight, will continue to push for a system that ensures millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share. 


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