Election Day is TUESDAY: How to vote if you are experiencing homelessness 

The last day to vote is Election Day, next Tuesday, November 3. All people age 18 or older who are experiencing homelessness have the right to vote. Voters can register in-person and vote at any early voting location or at their precinct polling place on Election Day. Those who requested vote-by-mail ballots can also return their ballots at secure drop-boxes located at all early voting locations and select libraries. More information about registration and voting available here


Donations distributed to homeless encampment after fire

CCH received nearly $1,500 in donations in response to a fire that occurred at a homeless encampment near Belmont and Kedzie avenues earlier this month. The October 5 fire destroyed several residents’ personal belongings, including tents, blankets, mattresses, clothing, and other necessities for living on the street. Three people also suffered minor injuries. This incident was the latest in a string of fires at encampments and attacks against homeless individuals in Chicago over the last few months. 


Vote YES on the Fair Tax: Misconceptions Debunked

The first question on Illinois ballots this election asks voters whether they support an amendment to the Illinois constitution to change our unfair flat income tax to a fair graduated tax. We encourage you to vote YES. Passing a Fair Tax would relieve the burden on the lowest income Illinoisans. Under this plan, anyone who earns less than $250,000 would pay the same or less in income taxes, and those who make more than $250,000 would pay a slightly higher rate, but only on their income over $250,000. But billionaires like Ken Griffin are pouring millions of dollars into misinformation campaigns about the Fair Tax. Let’s dispel some of the concerns we’ve been hearing about the Fair Tax.  


CPS Focus Group presents at NAEHCY conference

On October 9, members of CCH’s CPS Focus Group, a committee of grassroots leaders with children or grandchildren attending Chicago Public Schools, participated in a panel discussion at the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) virtual conference. The discussion centered on effective communication strategies between school personnel and parents experiencing homelessness during COVID-19. The parents shared their struggles with distance learning and gave their suggestions for school staff. “I felt like the information provided was an excellent blueprint for [Students in Temporary Living Situations (STLS)] staff to support homeless students and families,” shared Maxica Williams, a CPS Focus Group member.


Participate in our Associate Board’s first-ever virtual Variety Show

Do you have a talent or fun skill you’re proud of? Or know someone in your network who does? We are now recruiting participants for the CCH Associate Board’s upcoming virtual Variety Show on Thursday, December 10 starting at 6:30 p.m. Whether you are a singer, dancer, musician, comic, or just someone who loves to take on a fundraising challenge, we invite you to participate! The show will feature talents ranging from pie-eating to juggling, so please don’t be shy and feel free to think outside of the box. Please reach out to Sophie Babcock if you or a friend would like to participate, or if you have any questions.


Available for a limited time: CCH Apparel & Face Masks

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless apparel and face masks are available for a limited time. A portion of every sale will benefit CCH. Options include full- and quarter-zip sweatshirts, t-shirts, and face masks. All purchases must be made by Tuesday, November 3 and will be mailed directly to your home. 


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