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Chicago Coalition for the Homeless needs your vote!

Wed, May 18, 2011

Photo courtesy of chicagocoalition.org

Your vote is needed to help the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) in a one-week contest, now underway.

CCH is among 100 non-profits that won $25,000 grants after they received the most votes in a Facebook contest run by Chase Community Giving. CCH placed 64th, with 613 votes.

Now, CCH is competing in the contest’s final round. The top 25 charities in Round 2 win additional grants from Chase Bank of at least $20,000. Voting starts Wednesday, May 18 (11 p.m. CST), and ends late-night Wednesday, May 25 (11 p.m. CST).

You only vote once for each charity, and it’s a simple process. First, you “like” Chase Community Giving on Facebook, then you vote.

For those of you not on Facebook, please consider asking friends and family to cast a vote for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. Spreading the message to your network can help CCH place in what will be a very close contest!

Now in its 30th year, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless runs regular outreach at 30 shelter, housing and street programs across Chicago, each year reaching 4,500 homeless youth, mothers with children, and single adults. A legal aid clinic serves 200 homeless clients – 85% are students or unaccomplished youth. Its college scholarship program has awarded renewable awards of up to $6,000 to 25 formerly homeless students.

CCH advocacy also has impact. Its campaign, It Takes a Home to Raise a Child, persuaded state officials to create homeless prevention grants for families (2000), rental-housing support for 3,000 low-wage households (2005), and included affordable housing for the first time in the Illinois capital budget (2009). CCH is a partner in the Sweet Home Chicago Coalition, which this month enacted a city ordinance that will let redevelopers of vacant multi-unit rental buildings access TIF funds if 30 to 50 percent of renters are low- to moderate-income. More is explained on the CCH website, at www.chicagohomeless.org.

CCH holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. It does not accept government funds. Instead, the non-profit relies on support from individual donors, foundations, and a few corporations. In June, CCH will move its staff of 21 to a new office at 70 E. Lake Street.

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